After a raise by Steven Thompson Vila in middle position, David Sierra Merino three-bet to 4,500 from one seat over in the hijack. The action folded back to the Costa Rican, who called and checked the flop of . Merino continued for 4,300 and received the call.
Both players eventually slowed down on the turn and river, checking both streets. Thompson Vila turned over the for a pair of aces and his opponent mucked. Merino remains among the biggest stacks late on Day 1a though, while Thompson Vila is well above average.