Catching the action on the flop, we found Romik Vartzar leading out for 35,000 from the big blind.
The preflop raiser - Zimnan Ziyard - made the call as the landed on the turn and Vartzar moved all in for his last 65,000. Ziyard instantly made the call.
With Vartzar drawing dead, he was headed to the rail in 11th place to leave us with an unofficial final table of ten.
Current 2011 WSOP Player-of-the-Year Leaderboard
|Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier||299.25||3||1||$364,565|
*Standings through Event #28
With players only one elimination from moving to the Thunder-Dome, and another from making a WSOP final table, it is understandable that play has tightened.
With the difference between busting now and collecting the gold bracelet nearly $400,000, we do expect that this conservative play may continue for a while.
After knocking out Jeremy Harkin in 12th place, Ben Lamb proceeded to raise the action the next two hands to successfully win the blinds.
With those two pots, Lamb has just pushed over the one-million chip mark.
Christian Harder limped the small blind only to have Brock Parker pot the action to 36,000 from the big. Harder made the call before checking the flop as Parker continued for 45,000.
Harder slid out a check-raise of 140,000, and after a moment of deliberation, Parker kicked his cards to the muck.
Catching the action on the flop, we found Jeremy Harkin all in against Ben Lamb.
With Harkin holding a wrap and superior flush-draw, the on the turn, followed by the on the river would see him brick out and be forced to exit in 12th place as Lamb moves to 970,000 in chips.
Jeremy Harkin potted after an opening raise from Dilyan Kovachev. It was enough to put Kovachev all in and he called.
The board ran and Kovachev made a flush to crack Harkins aces. Kovachev is up to 246,00.
Andrew Chen potted from the button to 42,000 only to have Adam Junglen three-bet the small blind to 90,000. Chen pushed his 122,000 total into the pot and Junglen made the call.
The board ran out to see Junglen send Chen to the rail in 13th place while moving his stack up to 730,000 in chips.
The players have returned from their 20 minute break and cards are in the air.