Marcel Vonk opened for 100,000 from the button. Nathan Jessen, sitting in the small blind, checked his cards, gave a quick look in Vonk's direction, then reraised to 265,000. Matthew Lupton got out of the way, and the action was back on Vonk.
Vonk gazed across the table at the chips Jessen had set out, then looked down at his own stack, mentally counting. Finally, after a couple of minutes of brooding about it, he let it go.
Vonk has 2.71 million now, and Jessen 1.15 million.
The table folded around to David Peters on the button, and he decided it was his turn to put in that preflop raise, bumping it up to 77,000. However, the blinds and antes proved less simple to take this time, as Paul Kerr reraised to 230,000 from the big blind.
Action was back on Peters, who after a minute indicated he was reraising all in. Kerr sat with his hand over his mouth for a minute, then chose to let his hand go.
Peters chips to 2.77 million and back into the lead, while Kerr now has 1.49 million.
In the five hands after Espen Moen's elimination, players have been taking turns claiming the blinds and antes with preflop raises.
Paul Kerr, Marcel Vonk, Matthew Lupton, Nathan Jessen, and Mehul Chaudhari each won a hand, with the only variation on the theme coming when Chaudhari -- the short stack -- pushed all in to win his hand.
In the last hand of Level 24, it folded to David Peters who opened for 66,000 from the hijack seat. Henrik Tollefsen called in the cutoff, then Paul Kerr reraised all in from the button for approximately 880,000.
It folded to Dustin Dorrance-Bowman in the big blind who went into the tank. Kerr had him covered by just a bit, so to play this hand would put his tourney life at risk. Finally he made the call. Both Peters and Tollefsen stepped aside, and the remaining two players tabled their cards.
The flop brought an ace -- -- putting Kerr in front. The turn was the and the river the , and Kerr's hand was best. Dorrance-Bowman stood by his chair for a moment as the chips were counted, just to make sure he was indeed covered, and he was.
We've just finished the first orbit and we didn't see a flop. In the last hand of the orbit, Matthew Lupton opened the pot with a 65,000-chip raise from the cutoff seat. Over in the big blind, Paul Kerr moved all in for an additional 707,000 chips.
Lupton tanked and eventually folded. Kerr is now up to 920,000 chips.
We're underway! Our final table is happening here in the Pavilion Room, right alongside the final table for Event #56 ($2,500 no-limit hold'em). There are about 50 people gathered along the rail next to both tables watching the action as we begin.
There are about 12 minutes left to go in Level 24.