Robert Shortway opened to 75,000, and Steven Merrifield defended his big blind. The flop fell , and Merrifield checked to Shortway who continued for 75,000. Merrifield check-raised to 200,000, and Shortway called.
The turn was the , Merrifield led for 175,000, and Shortway raised to 675,000. Merrifield moved all in, and Shortway snapped it off.
Merrifield could only chop with the jack, but the river was the , eliminating him from the tournament.
Rob Shortway and Steven Merrifield saw a flop of and Shortway checked the action. Merrifield fired out a bet of 80,000 and Shortway called.
The turn brought and once again Shortway checked. Merrifield sent out another bet, this time making the magic number 170,000. Shortway called once again. The river brought and Shortway checked for a third time. Merrifield pushed out a big bet of 340,000 and Shortway quickly called, tabling . Merrifield sent his cards into the muck and Shortway scooped a big pot.
Shortway is currently up to about 3,900,000 while Merrifield drops to about 1,400,000.
Joshua Evans opened to 70,000 from late position, and Rob Shortway called in the big blind. The flop fell , and Shortway checked to Evans who bet 85,000. Shortway check-raised to 310,000, Evans mucked, and Shortway extended his chip lead.
Owen Crowe opened for 60,000 from the cutoff and Steven Merrifield made the call from the big blind. The flop came . Merrifield checked and Crowe continued for 65,000. Merrifield made the call and the two players were off to see a turn.
Fourth street fell and the action went check-check. The river brought and Merrifield bet 190,000. Crowe quickly called only to find that Merrifield made trip sixes on the river, tabling . Crowe mucked his cards, and is currently down to around 860,000.
Action folded around to Josh Evans who completed from the small blind and Andy Frankenberger checked his option. The flop fell . Evans led out for 40,000 and Frankenberger decided to make a raise to 100,000. Evans called and both players saw a turn of . The action went check-check and the river brought the . Evans led out for 165,000 and Frankenberger sent his cards into the muck.
Steve Merrifield started the action by raising to 65,000, Andy Frankenberger three-bet to 150,000 on the button, and Thao Nguyen moved all in for 600,000 from the small blind. Merrifield released, and Frankenberger instantly called.
Nguyen was in terrible shape, but the kept him alive a little longer. The on the turn increased his outs, and he could now double with any queen for trips, or a ten for a straight.
The river was a brick however - the - and Nguyen was eliminated.
Frankenberger took down the pot, recorded the knockout, and is now above 2.5 million chips.