The Day 2a field in the Amazon Room is just slightly ahead of schedule (due to taking less time to color-up earlier) and therefore the tournament clock has now been stopped and the call for five more hands has been made. Stay tuned for notable end-of-day chip counts.
Daniel Negreanu opened to 2,800 from middle position, and a player called in the hijack seat. A third player three-bet to 7,100 on the button, and both Negreanu and the player in the hijack called.
The dealer fanned , and the action checked to the player on the button, who fired 6,000. Only Negreanu called.
The turn was the , Negreanu checked again, and the player fired 12,000. Negreanu folded, and dropped down to 312,000 chips.
Christopher Kolla raised to 2,600 from early position and was called by both the small and big blinds. Action went check-check to Kolla on the flop, and he promptly bet 3,800.
The small blind got out of the way while the big check-raised to around 18,000. Kolla, who had the bigger stack, made it 38,000 to go, the big blind four-bet to 76,000, and Kolla moved all in. The big blind shrugged and called off for right around 100,000 total.
It was a brutal spot for the big blind as he had flopped top two pair only to run it into top set. He needed running cards to stay alive, but the turn put an end to any hope of that happening. The was put out on the river for good measure as Kolla was pushed the giant pot.
Unfortunately we didn't get the eliminated player's name, which was understandable as he was fairly upset after the hand.
Bernard Lee was faced with a 5,100-chip bet with the board reading . Lee opted to raise to 10,700, and his opponent called.
The river was the , and the player led for 17,200. Lee moved all in, having the player well covered, and the player released.
|Nghi Van Tran||298,000||-7,000|
Shaun Deeb raised to 3,000 in middle position, David "The Dragon" Pham defended his big blind, and the flop fell . Both players checked.
The turn was the , and Pham led out for 3,800. Deeb called.
The river was the , and Pham led again - this time for 5,700. Deeb released, and Pham flashed the .
Despite losing the pot, Deeb is up from when we last counted him, and is still among the Day 2a/b chip leaders.
Isaac Haxton has just lost a very large pot and we were there to catch all the action. It started with Haxton opening the pot to 3,000 from under the gun. Marcia Topp was in the seat directly on Haxton's left and quickly three-bet to 6,000. A flurry of cards hit the muck from all directions of the table and it was back on Haxton and he called.
On the flop, Haxton check-called a bet of 7,900 and then check-called a bet of 15,000 on the turn. Then the dealer flipped over a river and the action started heating up.
Haxton again checked here, but then went deep into the tank when Topp bet 25,000. The ESPN cameras came and focused on Haxton as almost two minutes passed. Eventually Haxton said, "Alright, time to look stupid on TV," flicking out the call as he did so.
At showdown, Topp tabled , for a rivered flush - enough to scoop up the large pot and leave a big dent in Haxton's stack.
"Well, at least i won't be wondering," said Haxton as he played with his chips. There is always a silver lining.
On a flop of , an under-the-gun player bet 9,000 and received a call from Isaac Haxton. The former then bet 14,100 on the turn, Haxton tank-called, and the peeled off on the river.
The under-the-gun player wasted little time in moving all in, and Haxton snap-folded, dropping to 29,000 in the process.
Kevin Pollak's table has just made an extensive order of drinks in honor to celebrate completing the night. Along with a green tea with honey Pollak and a few shoulder rubbers will be enjoying a double whiskey neat. With 40 minutes left on the clock let's hope these beverages stay celebratory drinks.