William John, our chip leader entering the day, had taken a hit to his stack since we last checked in during Level 6. When we arrived at John's table moments ago, he was sitting behind around 160,000, nearly 100,000 short of his stack at the start of Day 2.
However, John added some chips by eliminating Gabriel Thaler. With around 35,000 in the pot and the board reading , John announced he was all in, and Thaler was at risk for the 28,000 chips he had left. Thaler took more than two minutes contemplating a decision, even apologizing to his tablemates.
"Why am I taking so long? It's not like it wasn't obvious you were moving in on the river," Thaler uttered to himself.
After a few minutes, Thaler opted to make the call and watched John table for two pair.
"Wow. That wins." Thaler quietly stood up from his table and exited the Amazon Room. Meanwhile, John is working back toward his stack of 266,700 when the day started.