Day 4 completed
Day 4 completed
After a shorter than expected day on the felt, the Event #51: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack is now down to a final table of nine with Switzerland's Hugo Pingray in the lead.
The penultimate day of play saw 62 players return to battle it out knowing they were already guaranteed $21,758, however each player's eyes would be locked on the $1,327,083 first prize awaiting the eventual victor. Once cards hit the air, play would begin at an incredibly fast rate as player after player headed to the rail to leave the field cut down to just 36 by the first break.
Once play resumed, the pace continued to excel as the tournament was swiftly cut down. The pace was so fast that players were sitting behind - excuse the pun - monster chip stacks that saw just the standard size pots taking minutes to chip up. A call to color-up kept hitting a brick wall since all the 100,000-denomination chips were already in play, however a plethora of 50,000-denomination chips were finally added to the fray to make play more manageable as just 13 remained on dinner break.
Several eliminations and several doubles saw the final 10 move to the unofficial final table when Steven Levy lost a race. The final 10 then passed chips back-and-forth for nearly two hours before Swede Robert Gustafsson couldn't peddle his short stack and longer when his lost to Thayer Rasmussen's when he made a four card straight to leave the final table lined up as follows:
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France's Hugo Pingray is the overall chip leader with 22.7 million after snatching several pots late in the day from overnight and majority-of-the-day chip leader Sean Drake who sits second overall with 20.975 million. Rasmussen (15.475 million), Joseph McKeehen (12.925 million) and Zachary Gruneberg (11.85 million) round out the top counts while the lone female Lynne Beaumont sits with an impressive 7.925 million also.
The final nine will return at 3:00 p.m. (PDT) on Monday afternoon to battle down until one can be crowned the Event #51 Champion and recipient of $1,327,083 after besting a massive 7,862-player field.
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From middle position, Robert Gustafsson pushed all in for his last 1,375,000, and once the action folded round to Thayer Rasmussen in the small blind, he made the call.
With Gustafsson in the lead, the flop saw him now needing to fade an additional four outs to a gutshot, and when the landed on the turn, Gustafsson now had 11 cards he didn't want to see on the river.
Unfortunately for the Swede, the dealer delivered the on the river to fill Rasmussen's straight and send Gustafsson to the rail in 10th place for a $99,981 payday.
Sean Drake raised to 1 million on the button and was called by Hugo Pingray in the small blind.
The flop fell and Pingray checked to Drake who bet 875,000. Pingray called, the hit the turn and Pingray checked to Drake again who bet 1.675 million. Pingray called again, resulting in the river which both players checked.
Drake tabled for tens and fours, but Pingray took down the pot with for aces and tens.
The action folded to Robert Gustafsson in the cutoff, and he moved all in for 1,525,000 and picked up the blinds and antes to increase his stack by an additional 1.1 million.
The cards are back in the air!
The remaining 10 players are heading on a 20-minute break.