The three remaining players seem to be trading blinds and antes as preflop raises are usually enough to take down the pot. It is only a matter of time before two players pick up a hand.
|Blinds||120,000 / 240,000|
Bryan Porter raised to 265,000 from the button only to have Vladimir Kochelaevskiy reraise 455,000 more. Action was back on Porter who took stock of his chips and pushed out a raise to 1.3 million, leaving himself 2.5 million behind.
Kochelaevskiy mucked and gave 700,000 to Porter.
Tomer Berda limped with the button and Vladimir Kochelaevskiy checked his option in the big blind before the dealer flopped .
Kochelaevskiy checked to Berda who made a hefty bet of 275,000. Kochelaevskiy called.
After the turned the fireworks began. Kochelaevskiy checked to Berda who slid out one stack of green T25,000 chips worth 500,000. Kochelaevskiy returned fire by double fisting 1,320,000 into the middle. Berda paused for a second and then called.
The river was the and Kochelaevskiy bet big again - 1,510,000.
Berda tanked for over five minutes, rubbing his eyes and taking small sips of water. He cut out enough chips to call, but went back into the tank.
"Time," Kochelaevskiy requested.
A floorperson began to inform Berda that he had a minute to act, but Berda interrupted him and made the call.
Kochelaevskiy opened for two pair and Berda mucked his hand.
A massive wave of chips was pushed towards Kochelaevskiy pushing his stack over 9,000,000 chips while Berda slipped to 1,300,000.
The players are now on 60-minute dinner break.
Salvatore Bonavena, a member of Team PokerStars who was the chip leader at the start of the final table, was eliminated in the same hand as Mike Wattel. He represented PokerStars well throughout the tournament and will take home $254,777 for his efforts.
Mike Wattel Eliminated in 5th Place ($186,250); Salvatore Bonavena Eliminated in 4th Place ($254,777)
Mike Wattel moved all in from under the gun for 685,000 and immediately after Salvatore Bonavena pushed all in over the top for 915,000. Bryan Porter also moved all in and pushed out the other players.
The flop kept Porter firmly in the lead. The on the turn changed nothing and neither did the on the river. Porter's jacks held and he eliminated two opponents in one hand. Since Bonavena started the hand with more chips than Wattel, he will finish in fourth place while Wattel finishes in fifth.
Vladimir Kochelaevskiy has three-bet his opponents multiple times in the last orbit or two. His aggression has him all the way up to 6,150,000 chips.
Mike Wattel, who has been nursing a short stack as of late, pushed all in three times in a row and everyone folded. He is still short with about 1.05 million.