Since the players returned from break, Hans Winzeler has come out swinging, taking down two sizeable pots to move into the chip lead with more than 2.7 million.
Earlier, Winzeler raised to 100,000 from the button and Steven Merrifield folded from the small blind pre-flop before Jason Mercier called to go heads-up to the flop of . Mercier check-called Winzeler's bet of 150,000, but then check-folded after Winzeler fired a second shell on the turn of the .
Then in the very next hand, Merrifield raised from the button and Mercier folded the small blind before Winzeler called from the big blind to see a flop heads-up of . From there, Winzeler check-raised to 585,000 after Merrifield opened for 190,000. Merrifield wasn't interested and sent his hand into the muck.
With the average chip stack around 2.38 million, the players aren't as quick to put bets out there now. Gear yourselves up for a long night, people!