From the cutoff seat, Guillaume Darcourt opened the pot to 70,000. Next door, Sergey Lebedev three-bet it to 195,000 total, but it wasn't over yet. Darcourt promptly four-bet to 395,000, and a slightly frustrated Lebedev slid his cards out from under his cap chip and flicked them back to the dealer with one finger.
The man with two first names, Bradley Craig, was in the small blind for a button raise by to 65,000 by Ryan Welch. He called the raise, as did big blind Guillaume Darcourt. The three players took a flop of . Craig, with first action, led out for 155,000. Only Darcourt called. When the turned paired kings, , Craig's bet of 273,000 took down the pot.
Guillaume Darcourt is playing lots of pots at this final table. He was in there again, this time in position, after Ryan Welch opened for 62,000. Welch continued for 81,000 on a board of and again was called by Darcourt. When the turn paired the board , Welch checked. Darcourt fired out a bet of 183,000, which was enough to win the pot.
From the button, Bradley Craig raised to 59,000, and small blind Guillaume Darcourt came along with him to a heads-up flop.
It brought , and Darcourt checked. He called a continuation bet of 118,000 from Craig, and he checked again on the turn. Craig announced an all in for 505,000 total, and Darcourt tank-folded, removing his dark glasses to take a better look before releasing his cards into the muck.
There's been a flurry of activity in the last thirty minutes, and as a result we're now down to six players. Shortly after the double elimination of Tad Jurgens and Noel Scruggs, Sergey Lebedev opened a pot pre-flop with a standard raise. Tommy Vedes was in the big blind and re-raised all in. Lebedev called with ; Vedes had two suited overcards with . There would be no joy for Vedes on a board of . He pushed his stack over to Lebedev, then stood up and made his way to the rail. "That's the game," he said. He'll leave with $69,647 in prize money.
There was about 170,000 in the pot when we found ourselves a flop of . Guillaume Darcourt was heads up with Ryan Welch, and Darcourt plunked out a leading overbet of 500,000 chips, almost enough to cover Welch. Sure enough, Welch moved all in for 601,000 total, and Darcourt called to put him at risk.
Welch's ace-high was ahead, but he needed to dodge a lot of outs to stay alive and double up. The turn kept him safe, and the on the river made him Broadway and locked up the pot. "F***ing hero calls..." Welch said, and the dealer pushed the pile of chips in his direction.
He's up to 1.375 million now, while Darcourt is right back to 1.5 million. Easy come, easy go for the Frenchman.
Tad Jurgens started the action by open-shoving all in for 150,000 from middle position. Next door, Noel Scruggs reraised all in for 415,000. When the table folded around to the blinds, Guillaume Darcourt tanked for several minutes in the small blind before announcing a call to put both players at risk. With a huge put up for grabs, the cards were on their backs:
Jurgens was set to triple up, but disaster would befall him on the flop. The peeked right in the window, and Darcourt let out a beastly roar. In the end, the board of gave him the pot with his set of sevens, drawing a disgusted look from Jurgens as he stood from his chair. Scruggs sat silently as his fate was sealed, and we're down two players just like that.
Jurgens had fewer chips, so he's out in ninth place, and Scruggs gets the pay bump for his eighth-place effort. Darcourt has now moved into the chip lead with about 2.1 million, though we'll have to get a better count when he finishes stacking up that pot.
Will Failla opened to 50,000, and he found calls from Tommy Vedes, Ryan Welch, and Guillaume Darcourt, the latter coming along from the button. In the small blind, Sergey Lebedev announced an all in, and he slid his 670,000 chips into the middle of the table. That folded the monkeys in the middle back to Welch, and he re-shoved over the top. Darcourt open-mucked his , and the cards were up with Lebedev at risk:
The flop came down , and Darcourt shot out of his seat and started mumbling machine gun French to his friends on the rail, gesturing wildly. The turn was a blank for Lebedev as well, putting him one card from elimination.
"Yes!" Lebedev yelled, pumping his fist.
That's a hit, and he has found his pair to stay alive and double up. That puts Lebedev up around 1.5 million, while Welch falls back to 830,000.