Martin Kozlov raised, and Gerasimos Deres called in the small blind. Mel Judah joined them from the big. The action flop came . Deres quickly slid out a big stack of chips, around 60,000 or so. Just as fast, Judah moved all in for 70,000 total. Kozlov folded, and they were on their backs.
Judah: for middle pair and an open-ender
Deres: for top two
The turn couldn't have been more of a brick. "Ten please," Judah asked the dealer nicely. And he politely thanked him when the appeared on the river.
"I was so close to a bounty," Deres said. But Judah told Kozlov, the table's big stack, that he was saving it for him.
In case you've noticed that the title of this event has the word "bounties" in it, Mel Judah is the only player with a bounty on his head to make the final table. Eliminating him is worth an extra $1,000, but that doesn't seem to be figuring into the decision-making process.
Action is hard to come by at the moment. The last orbit saw two walks and an open-limped small blind. The short stacks don't seem willing to play for the chips in the middle with anything less than a premium hand, and the big stacks are content to take it easy and let them blind away.