Under the gun, Ludovic Lacay opened to 250,000. Daniel Alaei was on the button, and he potted it for an additional 680,000 on top. Ville Mattila looked like he was thinking dangerous thoughts in the big blind, but then again, he often appears to be considering a life-threatening decision. He folded, and Lacay eventually surrendered to the three-bet as well.
From the button, Ville Mattila raised and Ludovic Lacay reraised from the small blind. Before anyone knew what happened, the money was in the middle and the cards were turned over.
Mattila held the and Lacay the .
The board ran out and Mattila doubled back up. He was all in for 1.475 million and now has over three million in chips again.
Daniel Alaei raised to 250,000 from the button, and Miguel Proulx folded his small blind quickly and without incident. Now it came to Ville Mattila, and nothing happens quickly or without incident where Mattila is concerned. He squeezed his cards slowly and then asked how much the bet was. The dealer answered him quickly, and Mattila made a small, awkwardly understood comment towards Alaei. After another minute, he asked how much Alaei had behind, then how much he was playing. Then how much the bet was again. Then how much more it was to him. He seemed to be dragging his feet.
Suddenly (and quietly), though, he raised and Alaei shoved, and a pot of close to 5 million chips appeared in the middle of the table with Alaei at risk.
Alaei was in fine shape to double up for the chip lead. The flop was a worthless wash for Mattila, and he was going to need serious help to knock out Alaei. The turn ended the hand, and the river gave Alaei the trips and the huge pot. He was all in for 2.355 million total, so he's now doubled to 4.77 million now.
Ludovic Lacay opened to 360,000 first to act, and Ville Mattila called him from the big blind. Eventually.
Both players checked the , and a 400,000-chip delayed continuation bet was enough to ship the pot to Lacay.
The players are now on a 20-minute break.
Ville Mattila and Ludovic Lacay each put 200,000 chips into the pot in a battle of the blinds, and they took a heads-up flop of . Ville Mattila, ever the deliberate actor, announced, "Bet," but he remained absolutely motionless, hands over his cards. Lacay chuckled a little bit, and the dealer leaned forward and asked Mattila how much. After another thirty seconds or so, he stated that it would be 325,000. Lacay quickly reraised, and Mattila got himself all in for 1.535 million total. Lacay had him well covered, and the cards were quickly on their backs:
Mattila: (set of sixes)
Lacay: (top pair, flush/open-ended straight draws)
The turn further improved Mattila to top set, and the river was safe enough to double him up in a big way. He's up close to 3.5 million now, taking over the chip lead from Lacay.
Under the gun, Daniel Alaei raised to 200,000, and Ludovic Lacay came along with a call from the big blind.
The flop brought , and Lacay knocked the table. Alaei continued out with a bet of 400,000, and Lacay didn't delay making the call.
On the turn, both players methodically checked (after methodically double-checking their hole cards), and that brought them to the river. Lacay took the lead now, sliding out 710,000. Alaei sized up the bet and his opponent before firmly saying, "Call."
Lacay tabled for the flush, and Alaei could only shake his head as he saw the bad news. He mucked, and Lacay dragged that hefty pot. Chips counts forthcoming.