The first two hours of the day are in the books, and as such, the players are on their first break of the day.
The day kicked off with a nervous silence throughout the Amazon Room as the players took a few minutes to soak up the atmosphere and settle into a groove. Slowly, but surely, the eliminations started to filter through and by the end of the level the cries of “All in! Call!” were coming in thick and fast as our field reduced by around 50 players.
Some guys were short-stacked, but some were plain unlucky as Alexander Dovzhenko will be cursing his misfortune as his pocket aces were cracked to send him to the rail. Matt Keikoan was one of the highest profile casualties, as the dual WSOP bracelet winner was eliminated with flush over flush by the lone Australian in the field in Matthew Pearson.
We also lost young John May when his aces were cracked by John Racener’s queens to leave Joe Cada’s record as the youngest ever Main Event champion safe for another year.
Racener claimed the chip lead with that hand to move to 4.5 million, and was closely followed by Damien Luis who raced up the leaderboard after collecting the goods in a big three-way pot to take him to 4.45 million. However they were both pipped at the post in the dying minutes of the session as Robert Pisano emerged to win a huge pot to jump to 5.6 million and the lead.
However, undoubtedly the biggest story of the session was the devastating fall from grace by ten-time bracelet winner Johnny Chan. He entered today firmly entrenched in the top ten chip counts, only to run pocket kings into pocket aces, and then pocket jacks into pocket aces just before the break. That was too much for even the great Johnny Chan to overcome.
Time to catch our breath! We'll be back in twenty minutes.