The table folded around to chip leader Remi Castaignon in the small blind who raised to 200,000, and Jean Pierre Petroli didn't waste too much time before pushing all in from the big blind for about 910,000.
Castaignon went into the tank for about a minute, then emerged to carve out the calling chips, setting the column apart from the rest of his massive stack. He rubbed his eyes and began to engage Petroli in some quiet banter, with both occasionally laughing as he did.
Finally with a nod Castaignon pushed the chips forward with his left hand while tabling his with his right. Petroli turned over his hand — — and the pair leaned back in their chairs to watch Daniela, the dealer, deliver the community cards.
The flop came to pair Castaignon, then the turn provided Petroli some hope in the form of a straight draw. But the river was the , eliminating Petroli and reducing the field to nine.
The remaining players are now redrawing to gather around a single not-quite-final final table, with the plan being to play until there is one more elimination before stopping tonight.