With 96 players left and 90 making the money, play has slowed down here in the $1500 Omaha Hi-Low Split 8 or Better. Ari Engel had a particularly short stack (about 20,000 starting the hand) and took advantage of every second he could get to try and prolong his tournament life (around 10 minutes for this one hand).
Preflop, Guillaume Rivet raised to 4,000 and Engel spent three minutes in the tank deciding on whether or not to call. A clock was called and one of the tournament supervisors made it clear to him that he wasn't going to get away with stalling every round of the hand. Ari then said half sarcastically half seriously, "I'm in a big hand for my tournament life, I need time to make a decision."
The flop came and Rivet bet. Engel, again, stalled for as long as he could and the clock was called again before Engel eventually called.
The turn was a and Rivet checked. But, you guessed it, Engel again stalled for as long as he could before the clock was called and he checked behind.
The river was a and Rivet checked again. Again, Engel stalled and the tournament supervisor almost immediately gave him the clock. Engel pleaded saying, "I'm down to my last 5,300, don't I get any courtesy time?" to which the tournament supervisor responded, "Maybe if the clock wasn't called on you every single move of this hand, but now, no."
Engel ended up betting on the river and was called by Rivet. The two ended up chopping the pot and soon after left for the dinner break.
During the ten minute hand, three players were eliminated and as it stands we are two away from the money.