It has just been announced that there will be three more hands at each table before play is up for the day.
The 4-million-chip club has a new member, and it's Phil "USCphildo" Collins.
This big pot began with Collins raising from late position, and it culminated with Anthony Miller getting the last 475,000 of his chips into the middle. He was ahead though, showing to Collins' inferior .
Inferior, that is, before the flop. But the dealer ripped off on the first three cards, and Collins pulled himself into a big lead with a chance at the knockout. The turn and river locked it up, and we now eyeball Phildo at 4.05 million, the newest member of the club.
By the way, Collins has the biggest, loudest rail of anyone left in the field.
We’re not quite sure how all of the chips got into the middle but we just found Christopher Moore all in preflop for 429,000 and at risk against David Sands and we presume that Moore shoved at some point and Sands made the call.
Even though Moore only held nine-high, he wasn’t all that far behind Sands and he certainly wasn’t once Moore paired his five on the flop. Moore looked even better when he hit another five on the turn with the and now Sands could only chop the pot with a six on the end. The river was the and Moore doubled up while Sands took a hit.
Action folded all the way around to a short stacked Sorel Mizzi, who moved all in for his last 250,000 in the small blind. Chamath Palihapitiya was in the big blind, and he thought about it for about a minute before making the call. It turned out to be a great call, as he had Mizzi crushed going to the flop.
Both players stood up and shook hands before the flop, which gave Mizzi a ton of help, coming . Mizzi then applied a bit of reverse psychology, asking for a on the turn to make things fair. Well it wasn't that good a card, but the that hit the turn gave Palihapitiya some outs for the chop. Again, Mizzi said "Ok let's just take an eight to chop it up." The river brought hte , and Mizzi's deuces held to give him a double to 500,000, while Palihapitiya is knocked down to 600,000.
It's been an extremely volatile level for Max Heinzelmann, and the downward swing of the pendulum has just taken the rest of his chips. Just a moment after doubling through David Bach with some two-out shenanigans, the poker gods struck back.
Heinzelmann opened to 40,000 from early position, and David Bach three-bet him to 120,000. Heinzelmann shoved for about 800,000 total, and Bach instantly called, tabling . The Gunslinger's cowboys were second-best, though, as Heinzelmann turned up the .
Without calling for the cameras, the dealer pulled the cards in, burned one, and quickly ran out a scary flop. It was at this point that one of the men with headsets realized what was going on, and he froze the action as Heinzelmann wriggled in his skin. He was in agony, while Bach chuckled with his neighbors in light-hearted tones.
Finally, the cameras gathered 'round and set up shop, and the dealer knocked the table and turned a safe out onto the board. Heinzelmann needed to fade the aces and diamonds left in the deck, but he ultimately could not. The dropped on the end of the all-red board, and Bach's diamonds give him the pot and the knockout.
He's one of the more exciting players to watch in this game, but the WSOP Main Event run of EPT stud Max Heinzelmann has come to an end with about 150 players left. Somewhere, wherever he is, Shaun Deeb just cracked open a beer.
After that knockout, Bach says he figures his stack at about 4.5 million, but we're thinking it's closer to 4.7 or 4.75 million. Either way, it's heaps, and it keeps Bach's name in the top few spaces on the leader board.
We noticed some commotion at one of the far tables and made our way over to discover a hefty hand in progress. With around 500,000 in the pot and a flop of , Hoi Lee had checked from the small blind and Chris Kwon bet about 270,000 from the under-the-gun position. Lee responded by moving all in and the pressure was back on Kwon, who had 750,000 behind.
Lee had about the same, so a call would likely mean the end of the tournament for either player. Kwon thought for a few minutes, intensely analyzing the situation, before softly uttering, "Call."
Kwon was behind when the money went in, but he had plenty of outs. An ace or queen would give him a bigger pair, while a jack would give him a straight. Wouldn't you know it, the spiked on the river to fill the said straight. Both players kept their composure as they recognized that Lee could take back the lead if the board were to pair on the river.
The table was surrounded with spectators as the dealer burned and delivered the ! Lee knocked the table in celebration while Kwon sat quietly. After the dealer counted out the stacks to make sure Lee had his opponent covered, Kwon made his exit from the 2011 WSOP Main Event; meanwhile, Lee is up to nearly 2.1 million.
Sebastian Ruthenberg opened with a raise to 44,000 from early position, and Jean-Robert Bellande called from one seat over. It folded around, and the flop came . Ruthenberg bet 60,000, Bellande raised to 150,000, and Ruthenberg called. The landed on the turn, prompting checks from both.
The river brought the . Ruthenberg checked, and Bellande took the opening to fire 250,000 in the middle. Ruthenberg waited for some time, then raised to 925,000. Bellande sat with his hand over his mouth for a few moments, then let his hand go.
Ruthenberg pushes up to 3.26 million while Bellande has 1.42 million.
We caught up with the action on the turn of a board where Marius Maciukas in middle position check-called a bet of 240,000 from Tyler Bonkowski in late position. When the hit the river, Maciukas check-called a Bonkowski bet again, this time for 250,000. Bonkowski turned over for a straight on the river which was good to take down the pot when Maciukas mucked.
We caught up with the action just as David Bach called an all-in four-bet shove for 349,000 from Max Heinzelmann.
The board ran out ..., giving Heinzelmann a winning-set on the river.
Bach was knocked down to just under four million.
Thomas Grey opened for 52,000 in middle position and Jeet Shetty raised to 120,000 from the small blind. Grey called and the flop came . Shetty bet 150,000 and Grey called to see the turn. Shetty bet 300,000 and Grey called again. The river fell and Shetty moved all in for 772,000.
Grey tanked for a while and then eventually called. Shetty tabled and Grey revealed . Grey jumped to 3.35 million and Shetty hit the rail.