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Nothing is going right for Guillaume Darcourt since the players returned from the dinner break. His stack is under relentless attack from Jon Eaton and Ryan Welch. Welch checked and called a bet from Darcourt on a flop of . Both players checked when a big card, the , hit the turn. Things got even hairier on the river. Welch checked again, inducing a bet of 150,000 from Darcourt. Welch then check-raised to a total of 475,000. Darcourt gave the matter some thought but ultimately released his hand.
Darcourt's stack has fallen all the way to 1.2 million.
Jon Eaton raised to 105,000 before the flop and Ryan Welch called to go heads up with him.
The dealer spread out a flop of , and Eaton continued out with a bet of 135,000. Welch called quickly, and the drew check-checks from both players on fourth street. On fifth, the cued another bet from Eaton, 240,000 this time. Welch called quickly.
Eaton showed up for nines and sevens and that was the best hand. He drags the pot, increasing his chip lead over Welch just a bit.
Guillaume Darcourt has been dictating play at this final table, but in the last pot Ryan Welch pushed back at him. Welch opened pre-flop with a raise that Darcourt called form the small blind. Darcourt checked a flop of to Welch, who bet 104,000. Darcourt tried a check-raise to 260,000, but had to fold when Welch then four-bet him.
From the button, Guillaume Darcourt raised to 100,000 to open the pot. Small blind Jon Eaton three-bet to 280,000, and Darcourt quickly called the remainder to see a flop.
It came out , and Eaton continued out with a bet of 350,000. Darcourt didn't waste any time calling that bet either, and the landed on fourth street. Eaton checked this time, and he was the one calling quickly when Darcourt fired a bet of 375,000.
That put more than 2 million chips in the pot heading to the river , and both men were content to check it down. Eaton showed first, turning up . Darcourt double-checked his cards before sliding them to the muck, and Eaton's two pair are good for that big pot and thic chip lead.
Eaton - 3,350,000
Darcourt - 2,790,000
There is to be no 1st-place joy for Will Failla in this poker tournament. He moved all in pre-flop and saw Ryan Welch instantly move all in right behind him. That couldn't have been good news for Failla, and in fact it wasn't. His was in deep trouble against Welch's . With the assembled rail shouting for various cards based upon their chosen champion's hand, the dealer burned and produced a flp of , no help to either player. The turn left Failla looking for one of three remaining sevens in the deck to stay in the tournament. The river was three-across, but it was a , not a seven, ending Failla's deep run. He leaves in fourth place with $163,532.
Our first significant post-dinner pot was contested between Guillaume Darcourt and Jon Eaton. On a flop of , Darcourt checked and called 135,000. The turn did not seem to change anything. Again Darcourt checked and again he called a bet, this time of 260,000. Both players checked the river. Eaton had been firing away with king-high, , which turned out be good against Darcourt's queen-high.
The last four players are back at the table. Cards are in the air.