The heads up battle features two champions from the WSOPC trail. Ryan Eriquezzo won the Caesars Atlantic City Main Event and Nikolas Stone won the Casino Championship at the Harrah's St. Louis stop.
|Blinds||20,000 / 40,000|
Ryan Eriquezzo moved all in from the small blind and put the pressure on Huy Nguyen, who only had 365,000 in the big blind. The latter made a quick call and was the favorite to double.
Nguyen's supporters were optimistic, but their hope was drowned out when Eriquezzo's rail erupted on the flop. Their man had paired his king to take a commanding lead. Nguyen sat helplessly as the turn and river put an end to his National Championship run in third place.
Nikolas Stone opened for 95,000 from the small blind and Ryan Eriquezzo called from the big blind. The flop came , Stone checked and Eriquezzo bet 110,000. Stone called and the turn came . Stone checked, Eriquezzo bet 165,000 and Stone folded.
Nikolas Stone put in a standard raise from under the gun and was called by Matt Keikoan on the button. Both blinds got out of the way and it was heads-up action to the flop. Stone check-called a bet of 100,000, bringing about the turn.
Stone checked once again, but this time he check-raised Keikoan's bet of 200,000 up to 600,000. Keikoan thought for a few moments before moving all in, and Stone snap-called.
Stone held the nuts with a queen-high straight, but Keikoan held a set and could still win if the board paired on the end. The crowd was on its feet as the dealer burned and put out the . Keikoan collected his card protector and exited in fourth place, good for $137,485.
Huy Nguyen opened for 80,000 and Ryan Eriquezzo moved all in from the big blind. Nguyen called and the hands were tabled.
The board ran and Eriquezzo doubled up to stay alive.
The cards are back in the air following the break.
Players are now on a ten-minute break.
The spectators here at the ESPN Feature Stage seem to be dying for something to cheer for. In the absence of a big hand each rail will cheer when their player gets a walk.