After a seeming eternity of small pots, the outer table became a hub of activity as Jonathan Duhamel opened to 750,000. Pascal LeFrancois had the button and called that raise. Joseph Cheong then re-raised the small blind to 2.55 million, inducing a fold from Duhamel. LeFrancois must have smelled a squeeze, because he pushed all in. Cheong quickly called with , and was looking good against LeFrancois' . A jack on the flop, , surely gave Cheong a moment of discomfort, but it passed when the turn came to give Cheong an unbeatable hand. The ended LeFrancois' tournament in 11th place.
We're now on a break to set up the "last" table of 10 players. This is the November Nine bubble!