Play has been temporarily halted as the 500 denomination chips are being removed from play and colored up.
With the action slowing here near the end of Day 2, with the short stacks all but gone and the remaining players holding enough chips to play comfortably, Todd Brunson is leading quite an interesting discussion regarding poker etiquette.
The concept of "cards speak" is the topic and Brunson, along with the rest of the players at his table, are engaged in a jovial discussion over which rule they prefer. Brunson was heard discussing a hand played by Jennifer Harman and his own father, none other than Texas Dolly himself, Doyle Brunson.
We won't betray the details of the private conversation, but rest assured that all of Brunson's tablemates are taking the time to appreciate a quick lesson from one of poker's old guard.
We missed the preliminary betting but at some point Farzad Rouhani found himself all-in against Victor Ramdin.
Ramdin's two pair were best and Rouhani was forced to hit the rail in 25th place.
We caught the action on fifth street with Yosh Nakano already all in and Josh Schlein contesting the side pot against Trai Dang.
Nakano: (X)(X) -
Schlein: (X)(X) -
Dang: (X)(X) -
On fifth street Schlein bet 12,000 and Dang made the call. The action repeated itself on sixth street, with Schlien betting and Dang calling. After squeezing their down cards on seventh street, Schlein fired another 12,000 bet and Dang mucked his cards.
Schlein tabled his down cards for a full house and Nakano could not produce a superior holding, eliminating him from the tournament. Dang was left with only 25,000 or so in chips and busted out just a few hands later, while Schlein built his stack to over 245,000 in one of our first hands after returning from break.
The players are on their final break of the evening.
We caught up on a hand involving Pat Pezzin and Denis Ethier with the board reading . Pezzin tabled the and two cards we missed for a full house, tens full of fours, likely thinking he had scored a sure double-up. Unfortunately for him, Ethier revealed the for quad fours and the PokerStars Team Pro from Canada was crippled with only 2,500 remaining chips.
Shortly after this devastating beat, Pezzin found himself all-in for his micro stack holding the against Paolo Campagno, who held .
The final board rolled out and Campagno scooped the pot with his pair of jacks, ace kicker, and an A-2-6-7-8 low.