Event #57: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Championship

Break It Down

Farha's busto, baby

The tables keep breaking and the busts keep coming. Time for a 20-minute break to catch your breath.

Anders Taylor certainly didn't think the last break would be his final one. He had nearly a million chips in his stack when he got them all in the middle with {a-Clubs}{a-Spades}. It looked like he would take over the chip lead by doubling through Martijn Schirp and his {k-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}. But the cruel {k-Clubs} on the turn sent Taylor home instead and boosted Schirp to the chip lead with 2.25 million. Matt Affleck is right on his heels with 2.13 million. Phil Galfond dropped out of the top tier when an unsuccessful bluff left him with a still impressive 1.5 million.

Power players Vanessa Selbst and Jason Mercier made their exits in the last level, as did the legendary Sammy Farha, Brandon Cantu, Dean Hamrick, Jonathan Karamalikis, Jason Somerville, Kevin MacPhee and Dwyte Pilgrim. The biggest French star in the field, Antony Lellouche, saw his run come to an end, as did one of the last few ladies in the field, Evelyn Ng.