During the last break, the 25er chips were removed from play. Instead, new 5,000 chips have now been introduced and we are playing another three levels before it is time to bag and tag. At the moment there are 110 players remaining and we are only 20 off the money.
The players can now enjoy another twenty-minute break. Back soon.
Corey Emery had a huge blow to his stack with the two pair versus bottom set but recovered by playing many pots. On the table of big stacks, we also have Cameron Tullis as well and the latter just increased his stack to double average.
Tullis called a raise to 1,900 by Glenn Sorrells and then raised the flop from 2,500 to 6,500. "You got diamonds?" asked Sorrells, but got no specific answer. The cards went into the muck and Tullis raked in the chips.
Action was folded to the button who made it 2,400 to go, with Peter Alba three-betting from the small blind to 6,000. His opponent quickly announced "all in," for approximately 15,000 total. Alba snap-called with the and his opponent needed some help, flipping over the .
The board ran out and Alba's stack is a big one.
Darold Donnelly had shoved over the an opener in the previous hand and shown when the raiser folded. On the next hand he was in the small blind when John Pack opened from early position and again Donnelly shoved when it folded to him.
Pack started doing the math out loud and remarked in response to a comment from Donnelly that it would be hard to make two pair with his hand. He thought for a few minutes and there seemed to be a slight bit of needle between the two players as Pack said Donnelly could call the clock on him if he wanted, with his opponent responding that he would never call the clock on him.
Pack did make the call though in the end with and was behind the of Donnelly.
The cards fell and the Jacks of Donnelly held for a double up.
We are now down to 117 players, but it doesn't feel as fast paced anymore. In fact, we are only 27 spots away from the money.
Sandro Terone was able to chip up to 19,000 after seeing a three-way flop. A short stack moved all in for 4,000 and Terone reshoved one seat over to get the third player out of the pot. The short stack had and was already drawing dead against .
Then, David "Four Racks" Luttbeg asked us if "46k was enough to take the name" for the chip counts and we more than happily obliged.
Fellow blogger Lee Davy has been nursing a rather short stack for a while, eventually jamming into raises a couple of times and never being called. This way he chipped up to 17,000 already and is now up even further.
He opened the action with pocket tens on the button and the big blind defended. On a king high flop both players checked. The turn was check-called by the big blind for 1,650 and Davy then bet another 3,500 on the river after the action was checked to him. The player in the big blind called and mucked when shown the tens.
What a rough end to the decent run from Corey Emery. We got four way to the flop and Emery fired 2,000. Two opponents got out of the way but Chris Solomon raised to 7,225. Emery jammed with the superior stack and was snap called:
Solomon didn't want to watch the action unfold and turned away. After the turn and the river, he looked towards the board again and pumped his fist. Once the stack was counted, he doubled up for 33,525 and took a huge chunk of the stack from Emery.
Two players had got to the turn of a board reading . One player shoved and Jay Graunstadt sighed and worried about the board pairing. He made the call though and flipped over , relieved to see the of his opponent. The river card was the and Graunstadt took all of his opponent’s chips.