With about 3,000 in the pot already, Toddy Terry was in a pot against a lone opponent.
Both players checked the flop and turn. However, Terry's opponent fired 2,000 into the middle from under-the-gun when a landed on the river. Directly behind him, Terry thought it over and raised to 6,000 total. His opponent tanked, but eventually rapped the table in acknowledgement and conceded the pot to Terry.
Terry is sitting on 27,000 at the moment.
We caught the hands as the dealer was shipping the pot to a play and Shane "Shaniac" Schleger was walking away from the table. Schleger held pocket threes and his opponent bested him by holding on a board.
We caught up with the action just as a player was getting all-in against Viktor Blom. It appeared that Blom had raised from the cutoff and was re-raised all in for about 5,000 from his opponent in the big blind. Blom called and hands were revealed.
The board left Blom's opponent with aces and sixes and he scooped the pot.
The young Swedish pro is still in decent shape, however, with 17,000.
We caught up with the action on a board. A player under-the-gun checked to Matusow, who was to his immediate left. Matusow fired 1,925 into the middle and his lone opponent called.
The river brought a and Matusow's opponent again checked, prompting a 4,300 bet from Matusow. His opponent fell deep into the tank before finally sliding his hand into the muck.
"Would you have called if I shoved the river?" Matusow's opponent inquired.
Matusow nodded his head in silence. He is up to 31,000.
PokerStars Team Pro Andre Akkari, Brazil, is down below the starting stack. Akkari cemented himself as one the top Brazilian poker players last year when he won his first WSOP bracelet.
Akkari has some serious chipping up to do if he's to get his second in this event.
2007 WSOP Main Event Champ Jerry Yang has been mashing his table ever since he was moved into the Brasilia Room. We've walked by his table a few time and time the players are ribbing him.
On the last pass we overheard, "Every time I want to play a hand Jerry Yang three-bets me out of it."
Yang is taking it in good nature, at least as long as he has the healthy stack he's sitting on.
Al Riccobono was working with about 12,000 chips when we saw him put in a standard three-bet preflop. Another opponent came in with a cold four-bet, and Riccobono's subsequent shove was eventually called. Mr. Opponent showed up pocket fours, hoping for a coin flip. But Riccobono's two aces were in a big lead.
That advantage was short-lived, however, as the dealer dropped a third four promptly on the flop. Riccobono could not catch back up, and he's been sent off in frustrating fashion.