The big board already says we're down to 900 players, which means we've lost nearly 150 in a little over 35 minutes since the dinner break ended.
David "Doc" Sands is one of the many to fall since dinner. Earlier he had tweeted how he (like many others in the tourney) had been keenly following Event 55: $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop:
Doc_Sands David Doc Sands
12k at dinner break of 1500. Not bad considering 80% of my energy has been devoted to railing OneDrop on my IPad. July 02 2012
Now it appears Sands will be focusing even more closely on the Big One:
Vanessa Rousso has also been knocked out here in Level 7, as she explains:
VanessaRousso Vanessa Rousso
Got all in w AK vs KQ and lost after losing w AQ to a short stacks 8 10 all in pre. Guess it just wasn't my day. :( July 02 2012
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|David Sands||Välja kukkunud|
We came upon a blind-vs.-blind confrontation at a moment when Henry So had 2,300 sitting in front of him in the big blind, then David Peters was raising all in for 11,150 total from the small blind. So spent a while counting out chips and pondering the decision, then finally said "I call," standing up as he did.
Peters showed and So . The flop came , pairing So, and after the turn and river, Peters was eliminated.
|David Peters||Välja kukkunud|
Following an opening raise from middle position to 600, it folded around to Robert Cheung on the button who reraised to 1,675. The action was on Mickey Petersen in the small blind, who sat quietly for a moment, then four-bet to 2,975. The big blind folded, as did the original raiser, and Cheung called right away.
The flop came . Petersen led for 2,525, and Cheung hesitated just a few seconds before calling. The turn brought the and a check from Petersen. Cheung gathered some chips and fired a bet of 2,700, and again Petersen sat quietly and motionless for several seconds before acting. Finally he reraised all in, and Cheung quickly called.
Petersen showed while Cheung turned over for a flopped set. The river was the , and Petersen told Cheung "good hand" before departing.
|Mickey Petersen||PokerStars||Välja kukkunud|
As mentioned, the top 297 finishers get to divide up the $3,777,300 prize pool, with a cool $661,022 due the winner. Here's how those making the final table will make out:
Click that "Payouts" tab above for full information about what those finishing 10th through 297th will earn.
Players have returned and cards are back in the air.
There are 1,041 players returning from the dinner break, which means nearly two-thirds of those who began the event have already busted. That also means almost all of the players are now in the Brasilia room, with only a dozen or so tables' worth still over in the Amazon.
The plan will be to play five more one-hour levels tonight. A chat with the tourney director during the break revealed they anticipate we'll be ending somewhere in the 300s tonight — i.e., a bit shy of the money bubble which will burst when we reach 297 players left. We shall see.
Having reached the end of Level 6, players have left for a 90-minute dinner break.
James McManus left us just prior to the dinner break.
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Erica Schoenberg busted on the last hand of Level 6.
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