Adam Kornuth raised from early position, and Mikko Pispala defended his big blind with a call. The flop came , and it went check-check to the turn. Pispala bet out now, and Kornuth promptly raised. Pispala raised it right back, and Kornuth flatted to see the fill out the board. Pispala wasn't slowing down, sliding out one final bet. Kornuth quickly cut out raising chips and shuffled them, but he eventually returned his cards to the muck face-down.
Kornuth has been sliding today, down now to about 199,000. Pispala has been trending the other way, up to 325,000 as he stacks that pot.
In a battle of the blinds, Desmond Portano and Marco Traniello were heads up with the board reading . Portano led out, Traniello raised, and Portano announced, "call."
Portano didn't put any chips out though, and the dealer burned and turned the . Since the card came out before Portano's chips were committed to the pot, the was re-shuffled into the deck, and a new turn was dealt. It was the .
Portano bet, Traniello called all-in, and the hands were tabled.
Initially, Traniello was furious. The jack on the turn gave Portano a better pair, but it was irrelevant because the would've given him a flush and an unbeatable hand anyway. Ironically, the river was the , giving him the flush for kicks and giggles, and Traniello was eliminated from the tournament.
Ylon Schwartz and Brent Hanks saw a flop of . Schwartz bet out, and Hanks called. The turn was the , and Schwartz led again. Hanks opted to raise this time though, and Schwartz called.
The river was the , and Schwartz checked to Hanks who immediately fired. Schwartz slammed the table with his hand, and went into the tank before making the call. Hanks opened for trip sixes, and Schwartz mucked, leaving himself with just 50,000 chips.
We missed his bustout hand, but a few minutes later we heard a dealer call, "Seat open!", and Schwartz was pacing around, waiting for a floorperson to give him his payout ticket.
When we picked up the action after the second draw as Shawn Buchanan was already all in. He was up against Michele Limongi and Mayu Roca Uribe, and each of them took one card on the second pull. Limongi bet and was called by Uribe. Buchanan still needed one card while the others stood pat. The action repeated with Uribe calling one last bet.
Buchanan was drawing to an eight, but he pulled a pair to make , and he knew that was that. Limongi's was good for the win and the knockout, pushing the Italian up to 290,000.
After a series of bets and raises, Konstantin Puchkov was all in before the first draw and up against Hooman Nikzad and Rami Boukai. All three players drew two on the first draw, Boukai bet into a dry side pot, and Nikzad called.
All three players drew one on the second draw, Boukai and Nikzad both checked, and all three players drew one again on the last draw.
Nikzad opened up for a queen-seven, it was good, and Puchkov was eliminated from the tournament.