The remaining 15 players are heading on their first 15-minute break of the day.
|Blinds||50,000 / 100,000|
Josh Arieh opened to 50,000 in middle position and Jose Brito pushed all in for 459,000 in the cutoff. The action folded back to Arieh who asked for a count before making the call.
Arieh held one pair higher than Brito's who was looking to spike a ten. The board ran out and Arieh held on to eliminate Brito.
After doubling Truyen Nguyen, Baitai Li has had to steer one of the shorter stacks through the tournament for the first time in days. He has moved all in in late position repeatedly (so far uncalled), the last time for just under 400,000.
Picking spots to pick up pots without showdown on the other table is Ben Keeline. After jamming the first hand of the day, he's been seen selectively doing it again. The last instance seen: Michael Finstein opened to 40,000 under the gun, Jose Brito called on the button and Keeline pushed his whole stack of 290,000 over the line. His cards remain a mystery.
Gal Yifrach was the shortest stack remaining in the tournament and he finally found a spot to get the last of his 159,000 chips in the middle. Josh Arieh called from the cutoff and the rest of the table folded.
While Yifrach held a dominating lead, the flop of gave Arieh a set of sixes. The turn brought the to give Arieh quads and Yifrach was drawing dead to the on the river.
Ari Engel opened to 45,000 from under the gun and Baitai Li stuck in a three-bet to 125,000 next to act. Truyen Nguyen was in middle position and shipped all in for 475,000. The action folded back to Engel who also folded and Li made the call.
The flop came and Nguyen was still in a commanding position with his pocket aces. The on the turn changed nothing and the on the river secured Nguyen a double up.
Harald Sammer started off what was to be a big preflop moment for Truyen Nguyen with a limp under the gun. Ari Engel followed suit and Nguyen raised to 105,000. The blinds and Sammer passed but Engel moved all-in (for 475 effective). Facing a decision for his tournament life, Nguyen thought for a while, looked and Engel and finally gave up his hand, throwing face-up into the muck.
Ari Engel opened preflop to 45,000 under the gun, Ryan Olisar merely called, but the man on the button, two-time WSOP bracelet winner Barny Boatman, moved all in for 527,000. Back to Engel, who made the call, unlike Olisar.
In a world of trouble, Boatman's lot improved a little on the flop.
"Ooh, a six?" said Boatman, having picked up straight outs.
The turn of wasn't close to help, and although the river card of was closer, it wasn't close enough, and Boatman was shot down by Engel's cowboys.
"Nice hand." said the original Hendon Mobster Boatman, who picked up another WSOP cash to go with his bracelets. Engel, a threat before the day started, now has a commanding chip lead over both his table and the field in general. He'll take some stopping if he can continue to eliminate players as dangerous as Barny Boatman from the event as swiftly as he just has.
Ian Steinman shipped all in for a little over 200,000 from under the gun but couldn't find any action as the rest of the table folded. In the next hand, James Hughes raised to 45,000 on the button and Steinman defended his big blind.
The flop came and Steinman check-called a bet of 40,000 from Hughes. The turn was the and both players checked to the on the river. Steinman led out for 135,000 this time and Hughes sent his cards to the muck.
Baitai Li has dropped from the chip leader spot for only the second time in two days after a big pot - and river decision - against Pedro Marques.
Heads up to a flop, Marques led out for 32,000 and Li, in position, raised to 85,000. Marques made the call, then both players checked the turn. A lone black card, the , arrived on the river and when Marques checked, Li bet 225,000. Back to Marques, who check-raised all in for a total of 532,000.
Li took an understandably lengthy time to think, giving the board and Marques a good stare, and the river eight a poke (the dealer gently brought it back in line with the other cards). Li laid his hand down and in doing so, forfeited the chip lead in the tournament to Ari Engel.