Players are now on a 20-minute break.
|Blinds||30,000 / 60,000|
Action folded to Andrew Teng on the button who raised to 85,000. Ken Griffin then re-raised to 285,000 from the small blind. Jean Luc Marais gave up his big blind and action was back to Tend who declared he was all in for a total of 1,215,000. Griffin, who had Teng covered, only thought for around 15 seconds before deciding to call.
It was a classic race with Teng in the lead so far. Unfortunately for Teng, the flop came putting Griffin in the lead. The came on the turn giving Griffin a flush draw as well and leaving Teng drawing to only one out. The river brought the which secured Griffin's win and sent Teng to the rail.
Griffin is now our chipleader as we head into four-handed play.
|Jean Luc Marais||1,950,000||-25,000|
Andrew Teng raised to 60,000 from the hijack and Kenneth Griffin called from the cutoff. Jean Luc Marais then folded but accidentally exposed his in the process.
Next to act, Jonathan Lane pushed his entire stack of 515,000 into the middle and the action was back on Teng. The young tournament veteran from England began to agonize over the decision, asking the dealer to be sure that an ace had been exposed and was now in the muck. He held up his and stared forlornly at what he considered a missed opportunity, before tossing the cards away.
With the action back on him, Griffin announced that he was making the call, putting Lane at risk of elimination.
The all-in Lane held a big ace, but with one of his outs already in the muck, he was in a slightly more disadvantageous position than the average coin flip. The dealer spread a flop of and now things had gotten interesting. Griffin was still in the lead with his pair of eights, but Lane now held two overcards and an open-ended straight draw. Two of Lane's straightening cards were held by Griffin, however, so his outs were still a bit limited.
The dealer turned the and Lane was down to his last chance. He needed to spike an ace, king, queen or an eight to retake his seat at the final table. With Griffin's supporters screaming for the board to pair, the dealer revealed the river card.
The ultimate brick arrived on the river and after fading what seemed like half of the deck, Griffin scored the knockout.
Ken Griffin raised to 80,000 from under the gun and Antonio Esfandiari pushed all in from the hijack. Philip Hammerling was on the button and went all in as well. Griffin got out of the way and it was heads up to the flop with Esfandiari's tournament life on the line.
The board ran out and The Magician's tournament came to an end.
In the previous hand, Antonio Esfandiari used a professional's ability to read the situation and he made a big reraise to capture the three calls of 60,000 made before him. The power play padded The Magician's stack and on the next deal he tried once again to push his tablemates around.
After Eric Baudry opened for 65,000 from early position, and Esfandiari three-bet to 150,000. Baudry paused, seemingly frozen by the moment, but he eventually made the call.
The flop rolled out and Esfandiari led out for 180,000. Baudry was not to be bullied and after another long pause, he called the bet. The turn card came and Esfandiari shoved all-in, which would force the shorter stacked Baudry to risk his tournament life.
Baudry was willing to take the risk and he instantly called while flipping up for top set. Esfandiari dejectedly showed down his and found that he was drawing dead. The meaningless on the river gave Baudry a boat and the win. Esfandiari took a major hit to his stack, while the quiet Baudry let his cards do the talking for him.
Philip Hammerling raised to 60,000 from the button and Eric Baudry called from the small blind. Andrew Teng gave up his big blind and we were heads up to the flop which came . Baudry checked action to Hammerling who put out the minimum possible bet of 30,000. Baudry called and the turn brought the . Baudry checked again and this time Hammerling bet a more sizable 80,000. Baudry opted to toss his cards into the muck and said "I'll only fold to a real bet!" as Hammerling scooped up the pot.
|Jean Luc Marais||1,975,000||60,000|
After the recent flurry of bustouts, Kenneth Griffin decided it was his turn to grab some chips, and he raised to 65,000 from the cutoff. Antonio Esfandiari didn't like the idea of surrendering his small blind, so he reraised and made it 150,000 to go. Griffin wanted to see the flop and he made the call.
The Magician led out for a bet of 115,000, trying to represent that he had connected with the textured flop, but Griffin was not a believer and he reraised all-in for 660,000. The power play worked to perfection and Esfandiari was forced to muck his hand.