As we approach the last third of Level 9 the stacks are growing as the players dwindle. 450 players are left and there is nobody seated in the Gold section with more chips than Thomas Fuller. Fuller has over $300,000 in World series of Poker (WSOP) earnings spanning a 7-year period and has become our first player, today, to hit the 100,000 mark.
Moving swiftly from Table #5 to Table #4 and a baffled looking Jared Jaffee has just left the tournament courtesy of a hero call from William Chao. We are using the words hero based on the dazed look on the face of Jaffee. We caught the action on the turn with the board showing , Chao had checked from early position and Jaffee had moved all-in. Both players had similar size stacks and so it was a huge decision for Chao. Eventually, after lot's of time pondering, Chao made the call and Jaffee was not a happy-chappy.
Chao was begging for a deuce and when the hit the river he let out a whelp of delight.
"Man, I nearly folded that hand," said Chao.
"I can't believe you didn't" said Jaffee as Chao moved up to 78,000 in chips.
Other big stacks that have popped up in the Gold section belong to last years runner-up in this very event, Justin Cohen (65,000), Brad Libson (70,000) and Andy Bradshaw (64,000).