Two more levels have come and gone, and the players are off for what figures to be their final twenty-minute break of the evening.
Leonard Martin open-raised from the button, and Jordan Siegel called out of the big blind.
Both men drew two cards on the first discard, and Sigel led out into the pot. Martin raised, and his opponent called the extra bet, and the two men drew one card apiece on the second round. Siegel check-called a bet, and the two men check-checked after drawing one more card each on the final betting round.
Martin tabled , and his lowly jack-eight low was enough to win him the pot. He's up to 145,000, dropping Martin down to 65,000 in the process.
Shunjiro Uchida made a raise from the cutoff seat, and Christopher Fargis put in the call to go heads up from the big blind.
Both players drew two cards to start, and Uchida called a bet from Fargis. They each took one card apiece on the second betting round, and this time the action reversed with Fargis check-calling a bet. On the last draw, Fargis drew one card and bet out into Uchida who stood pat. Uchida made the call, and his hand was best. He showed up , and his eight perfect earned him that nice pot and a chip-up to 105,000.
Fargis is down to 48,000 after that loss.
From under the gun, Allen Kessler raised. Raphael Zimmerman reraised from middle position and Kessler called. On the first draw, Kessler drew two and Zimmerman drew one. Kessler then bet and Zimmerman called.
For the second draw, Kessler and Zimmerman both took a single card. After, they both checked and action moved to the third draw. There Kessler took one card while Zimmerman stood pad. Kessler bet and was all in. Zimmerman made the call.
Kessler had a queen low and Zimmerman had a . Losing that pot cost Kessler his tournament life and he went home in 17th place. Zimmerman boomed to a bigger lead and now has 345,000 chips.
David Baker opened the pot with a cutoff raise, and David Chiu (button) and Jameson Painter (big blind) came along with the calls.
Painter drew two cards and checked, and Baker fired out a bet after drawing just one. Chiu had discarded two cards, and he and Painter both called.
The second draw saw Painter take one and check again, and Baker drew one more and bet it again. Chiu was still drawing two, but he liked them enough to make the call, and Painter came along once more.
All three men took one more card on the last round, and Baker was the one betting again. This time, though, only Chiu made the call as Painter finally surrendered his miss. Chiu should have done the same; Baker turned up , and that was good enough to snag the pot.
Baker - 95,000
Chiu - 150,000
Alex Balandin saw his last days as he was eliminated by Farzad Bonyadi. Both players stood pat after the third draw and here's what came out.
Balandin's hand was second best and he was sent home in 18th place. Bonyadi increased to 55,000 chips.
Here's how the final three tables are assembled.
Seat 1: Peter Gelencser (335,000)
Seat 2: Pat Poels (120,000)
Seat 3: Leonard Martin (112,000)
Seat 4: Farzad Bonyadi (30,000)
Seat 5: Jordan Siegel (92,000)
Seat 6: Alex Balandin (47,000)
Seat 1: David Baker (45,000)
Seat 2: David Chiu (158,000)
Seat 3: Chris Fargis (143,000)
Seat 4: Jameson Painter (170,000)
Seat 5: Eli Elezra (136,000)
Seat 6: Shunjiro Uchida (103,000)
Seat 1: Allen Kessler (68,000)
Seat 2: Raphael Zimmerman (270,000)
Seat 3: Don McNamara (84,000)
Seat 4: Ted Forrest (170,000)
Seat 5: Steven McLoughlin (18,000)
Seat 6: Tad Jurgens (120,000)
Christopher McHugh and Peter Gelencser each put 18,000 chips into the pot before the draws, and they were heads up for this pot. Gelencser patted the whole way, and one bet was enough to put McHugh all in for 500 chips after drawing one card. He'd continue to draw one for the final two betting rounds, but things would not get better for him.
Gelencser tabled the hand to beat: . McHugh was drawing live with his (X), but another on the last draw was no help at all.
McHugh is out in 19th place, hence the aforementioned redraw. We'll have the seating chart for you in just a moment.
The clock has been paused briefly while Table 345 is broken. That must mean we've lost another player; details are forthcoming as the remaining 18 players reconvene around the final three tables.