End of Level 20 (6000/12000/1000)
Mitchell, moved back to two, opened to 26,000 and picked up at least John Mirrione.
On , Mitchell chose a large cbet – so big it induced a shove from Mirrione, who had no where else to go with .
Mitchell called the shove.
However, the board ran out and Mirrione now improved to a straight.
Far behind – because Mantin held , two pair which improved to an improbable straight flush.
Mirrione takes $704 for 17th, while Mitchell improves to 1,500,000, surpassing Cook for the lead.
End of Level 19 (5,000/10,000/1,000)
Dave Cook is now on top, with 900,000.
Theofanopoulous is down to 700,000, despite taking a small one from Cook.
Cook put out a bet on the flop in button versus big blind formation, but Theofanopoulos continued with a flush draw. Cook lost when Peter’s paired on the river.
A few hands later, short stack Kevin Duffy couldn’t hold on, and takes $704 for 18th.
End of Level 19 (5,000/10,000/1,000)
Hand for hand is skipped as the bubble slips by when two shorties quickly go out.
Mantin had been moved away from his antagonist Simone, to 1. However, he’s taken a hit and is down to 600,000.
Suits Salter continues strong, seated almost exactly where Mantin was. He’s got 720,000.
However, there is a new chip leader – at least for now, as we create two final tables.
Level 19 (5,000/10,000/1,000)
On two, chip leader Mitchell Mantin folded to a big shove from Rosario Simone on a paired middle connected board. Mantin was a little tense after folding.
Simone: “You folded that?”
Mantin: “What happened is you got lucky.”
Simone: “Yeah. Lucky.”
A few hands later, seat 1 raised and Simone thoughtfully flatted, seeming to consider all his options. The field folded and Mitchell called from the big.
The checked through, as did a on the turn.
When the arrived on the river, Mantin took a shot for 65,000. The preflop raiser surrendered immediately but Simone perked up.
He called, and did not expose his hand at first, expecting to lose often.
“King high,” the dealer announced.
“King high?!” Rosario flipped up two nines and won.
Before dinner, Howard Volper took a blow to his pursuit of cash 104 – but he’s still in, now on 1.
Holding , his opponent in six had moved all in. Still as a statue, Howard went with his read that he didn’t want a call.
His opponent turned over the aces, and half of Wolper’s stack, 75,000 went over to seat 6.
The bubble is just about here.
End of Level 17 (3,000/6,000/500)
Despite huge leads early in the tournament, separation has been slowing – until now.
Somehow the chip arrived on 2, with Rosario at 500,000, Serry at 400,000 and then Mitchell Mantin besting them at 580,000.
We found him three betting seat seven and taking down the pot. His opponent was overtly frustrated and flung his cards in disgust – a mistaken open or is Mantin perceived to be that tight? In any case, it’s all working at the moment.
Then – a even bigger break for Mitchell.
Serry picked up and wouldn’t let go on the turn when Mantin make a flush with a suited queen-ten. Serry is now out.
970,000 for Mantin and the clear lead going into dinner.
We return at 9:05.
Level 15 (2,000/4,000/400)
We take a breather between 15 and 16.
Here’s what everyone is fighting for:
- – 12. $938 13. – 15. 821 16. – 18. 704
Level 15 (2,000/4,000/400)
On Gaetana’s table 3, she opened the pot with a limp at 1500/3000. One limp behind, the small completes and the big checks.
The dealer delivers – a hard board,perhaps, to bet at for limping ranges, and the action checks through.
On the turn , the small lead shoves his short stack, the big folds, but Gaetana snap calls. Trapping with a suited ace, perhaps?
The other limper folds, and the cards are turned up.
The small has , open ended, and Gaetana? .
Owned. The river bricks, and a drowning stack is out.
In the next hand, Constantine Findanis open limps, and seat five isolated small to eight.
The raised forced out the table – so mission accomplished – and Findanis took a bit before calling.
The board again came paired, , which Findanis simply led for 11,000.
The reflective five spent a minute and called.
The turn completes the only draw, . Now Findanis checks, and the preflop raiser bets 17k.
Findanis now raises to 37,000. Seat five now spent several minutes. He looked at the clock and the ceiling, then released.
Findanis turned over the and claimed a jack, which only made his opponent grumpy.
Why raise preflop when you don’t know what’s coming? Easy game.
Constantine has 140,000, and Gaetana still above average at 200,000.
Level 13 (1200/2400/300)
Not only does Rosario have more of Herb’s chips, he’s got some of everyone else’s, too.
Gaetana on 3 still has 300,000, while Suits Salter is on small uptick to 370,000.
Level 12 (1000/2000/300)
We’re into the middle period and the stacks will start consolidating. Chip leader search next.
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Level 11 (800/1600/200)
Re-entry closed at the end of the break. The prize pool continues to grow past $45,000.
On table 3, Gaetana Dierkes, supported by Otto, is running it up. Gaetana has more than 220,000.
Super reg Alyson Parker has zero, unfortunately, as we observed her losing her tournament life with to an unlikely . She had shoved her ten bigs over a limp but it wasn’t enough to get the fold from a the button or the limper. Snack and re-entry time!
On Table 8, Seat 7, James “Suits” Salters is running well – he’s got over 300,000 and is possibly chip leader.
Meanwhile, on distant table 9, action was developing. Chris Csik opened small from early and picked up two calls from drowning stacks. Against a tough player with a wide perceived range, seat 1 Sandeep Patel either sensed the spot or had a big hand. There was a long pause – long enough for the players to ask if he knew if the action was on him. Hidden in sunglasses and cap, they weren’t sure.
However, Patel was merely planning the hand. He came out with the squeeze, and the action fell to Csik. Recognizing the situation well, Csik decided to go with his open and shove all in for his remaining average stack with .
Good decision against an aggressive player, but it turns out seat one was not light this time. The flatters folded, and Patel, a little exasperated, strangely, stuck in the rest, and they ran the equities.
Not only did miss, Csik picked up a set on the turn, dodging a gutter to broadway that would have saved Sandeep.
Csik doubles. However, busy seat one Patel was not done. In the next hand, Stephen Moy, off a 4th place finish in Event 4, led the turn on .
Csik, continuing active, flatted the 8,000. Again, however, Patel found a strong play. He raises 34,000, committing Stephen.
Moy calls the remainder, Csik is forced to fold, and the hands are turned up. Moy has hit top pair with but Patel has massive equity holding a gutter and flush draw.
However, the river is a dud, and Moy doubles.
Patel back down to 100,000, while Moy and Csik are hovering at average as we go into the middle stretch.