Event #51: $3,000 Triple Chance No-Limit Hold’em

Eaton Leads After Two Days

The final 175 players (out of the initial 965) returned to the Amazon Room about 13 hours ago to play for a seat at the final table of Event #51, the $3,000 Triple Chance No-Limit Hold'em extravaganza. Ten levels later, we've almost succeeded in setting that final table, ending the day with twelve men -- still a few too many to fit around one felt.

Jason Potter, Allen Kessler, and Ted Forrest were among the very early casualties of the day, Kessler in particular forced to the exit by some foul luck. Also exiting over the course of play were Jordan Morgan, Amit "Amak316" Makhija, Jonathan "therookieqq9" Plens, Matt "allinat420" Stout, Julien Brecard, Alexander Kravchenko, Gavin Griffin, and a whole raft of others.

The bubble arrived with 91 players left, and as it turned out, Neil Channing and Jonathan Tare both busted on the same hand to split the bottom payout and send the rest of the field off for the run to the big money. Brecard cashed small, as did Jacobo Fernandez, Marco Johnson, and Alessio Isaia.

Tommy Vedes came into the day with the big stack, and he has managed to ride those towers all the way into tomorrow's final day. Vedes was cut short during the middle stages of this middle day, though, and it looked for a time like he might be on his way out. A quick and hearty revival of his stack saw him back in contention within a few hours, and he's finished up in third place with just shy of one million chips.

Just in front of Vedes is Frank Rusnak, but everyone's chasing the monster stack of Jon Eaton. An eleventh-hour monsterpotten against Guillaume Darcourt has given Eaton 1,678,000 chips to stuff into his barely-big-enough thin plastic bag, and that will set the pace for the field as they return tomorrow.

Speaking of tomorrow, we're scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. restart, and we'll play it out until we crown a champion. We'll be right back here in this spot, and we hope you'll join us for the conclusion of our event.

Until tomorrow, then, all that's left is goodnight!

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Christophe Benzimra Eliminated in 13th Place ($26,544)


There's been one last elimination to end the night. Christophe Benzimra was all in pre-flop for 120,000 and called by Tommy Vedes. Benzimra didn't have much with {j-Clubs}{9-Hearts}, and it got even worse when Vedes turned over a dominating hand, {a-Spades}{9-Spades}. Vedes flopped a flush draw, {10-Spades}{6-Spades}{8-Clubs}, to take away one of Benzimra's outs, but Benzimra also flopped a straight draw. None of the draws came in as the turn and river came {8-Diamonds} and {9-Diamonds} to give each player two pair, nines and eights. Vedes' ace kicker played to take down the pot and send Benzimra home just a little bit earlier than everyone else.

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Nicholas Mitchell Eliminated in 14th Place ($26,544)

Nicolas Mitchell - 14th place
Nicolas Mitchell - 14th place

From middle position, Frank Rusnak raised to 28,000 and Nicholas Mitchell three-bet to 72,000 from the big blind. Rusnak called to take a flop.

It came out {2-Clubs} {2-Spades} {10-Hearts}, and Mitchell led out with a follow-up bet of 75,000. Rusnak flatted, but things would not be so friendly on the {7-Diamonds} turn. When Mitchell fired another 120,000 at the pot, Rusnak moved all in, and Mitchell quickly called off his last 190,000 to put himself at risk. The news was no good:

Rusnak: {K-Diamonds} {K-Hearts}
Mitchell: {Q-Diamonds} {Q-Clubs}


The river {10-Clubs} was not the two-out queen Mitchell was looking for, and he has been eliminated in 14th place. On the flip side, that knockout pot moves Rusnak all the way up to 940,000.

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Eaton Away at Darcourt's Stack


We certainly haven't lacked for action here today, and we've got a spot more before the players are sent home. Guillaume Darcourt opened the pot to 36,000 pre-flop. Jon Eaton three-bet the pot to 101,000. Darcourt then shipped his whole stack into the middle, a stack which easily had Eaton's 837,000 covered. Eaton called with {a-Diamonds}{k-Spades} and found himsef up against Darcourt's {a-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}. Darcourt has been on the wrong side of this equation a few times today but managed to take down the pot anyway. In this particular instance, Eaton's edge held up. A board of {7-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{2-Clubs} was no help to either player. Darcourt fell to just 500,000, while Eaton is the new chip leader with about 1.7 million.

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Getty Mattingsley Eliminated in 15th Place ($26,544)

Jon Eaton opened the pot to 31,000 from middle positon, and Getty Mattingsley moved his 195,000-chip stack into the middle. Eaton didn't seem to love it, but he made the call with his covering stack to put his opponent at risk.

Eaton tabled {A-Clubs} {J-Spades}, and Mattingsley's {Q-Spades} {Q-Diamonds} put him in good shape to double. For the time being, anyways.

That all changed on the {A-Hearts} {6-Hearts} {5-Hearts} flop as Eaton grabbed a big lead in the hand, two cards from the knockout now. The {J-Hearts} turn opened up a flushy chop possibility for Mattingsley, but the river {7-Clubs} was the wrong color to be of any use to him.

That's the end of the night for Getty Mattingsley, taking home a pay bump up to $26,544 for his work over the past two days. And the added bonus of beating the traffic out of the Rio parking lot tonight.

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Aftab Ahmed Eliminated in 16th Place ($21,333)


Aces are still being dealt to our final two tables. The recipient this time was Sergey Lebedev, who re-raised all in from the button after Aftab Ahmed opened to 50,000. Ahmed had another 325,000 behind his initial raise and was covered by Lebedev. He opted to call with {9-Clubs}{9-Hearts}, then must have winced to see Lebedev's {a-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}. There was nothing scary for Lebedev on a board of {7-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{3-Spades}. Ahmed is the 16th-place finisher.

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