Now that we're down to seven, the remaining player will combined to one table and head on over to the ESPN Main Stage. It'll take a few minutes to make the transition, but the cards should be back in the air shortly.
Seat 1: Steven Merrifield
Seat 2: Jason Mercier
Seat 3: Joseph Ressler
Seat 4: David Chiu
Seat 5: Michael "Timex" McDonald
Seat 6: Greg Brooks
Seat 7: Hans Winzeler
A short-stacked Hans Winzeler limped on the button only to have Michael "timex" McDonald make it 80,000 to go from the small blind. The big blind gave it up, Winzeler made the call, and the flop fell . McDonald was first, asked for a count, and then bet pot. Winzeler snap-called and it was apparent he had a five.
McDonald was clearly unhappy with his position, one that didn't improve as the hit the turn, followed by the on the river. Winzeler doubled on the hand while McDonald was left 260,000.
With two tables of four players each, the action has slowed down here a bit. Lot's of raise folding, lots of small pots, and very few flops. No one wants to be the last out before we hit our unofficial final table of seven.
The action folded to Joseph Ressler who raised to 55,000 from the small blind before the flop; Steven Merrifield then made it another 110,000 to go from the big blind and Ressler called before checking his option on the flop of .
Merrifield quickly fired out a stack of green T25,000 chips, more than enough to put Ressler all in. Ressler sighed and then let his hand go.
Steven Merrifield raised to 42,000 on the button and Hans Winzeler called from the small blind. From there, both players checked the flop, leading to the on the river. Winzeler chose to led out with a 61,000 bet and put the pressure on Merrifield. The latter thought for awhile before sliding in a big stack of green T25,000 chips, enough to cover his opponent.
Winzeler didn't take long to flick his cards in the muck.