|Blinds||20,000 / 40,000|
Players are now on their first 15-minute break of the day.
Minnesotan Roy Winkelman mentioned he made his first royal flush just a short time ago. He held and the board ran out to leave him with the best hand in poker, although it didn't command a particularly large pot as it occurred in the early stages of the tournament.
Winkelman hopes it's a sign of more good fortune to come as he attempts to run up his stack into a top twenty finish to claim a poker package.
An early position player limped, a middle position player limped, and Brad Duttenhefer jammed in his shorter stack from the hijack. Early position got out of the way but middle position called to put Duttenheffer at risk.
The flop changed nothing, but the left Duttenhefer wanting to avoid a set as it would give his opponent Broadway. The harmlessly completed the board as Duttenhefer gave a fist-pump and let out a small sigh of relief as he faded the sweat and doubled his stack.
Spyros Apessos limped in early position and a middle position player limped as well. The button raised to 1,600, the small blind called, Apessos called, and middle position called.
The flop came and Apessos bet 1,000. Only the button continued.
On the turn, Apessos bet 1,000 and the button called. The completed the board and Apessos bet 2,000 and was called.
Apessos showed which was good to take the pot against the of his opponent.
With a completed board of and about 8,000 in the pot, Ed Cavaciuti bet 6,000 from the hijack. His opponent on the button tanked but ultimately called.
"Ace-ten," said Cavaciuti as he showed the for two pair. His opponent showed the before they went into the muck.
A player in early position opened to 500, the hijack called, and the cutoff three-bet to 2,500. John Harms called in the big blind and the other players folded.
The flop saw a check-raise by Harms, and his stack of about 24,500 ended up getting in the middle.
Harms' fishhooks improved to top set on the flop, and the and completed the board to confirm the aces would be cracked, and to confirm Harms would score the early double-up.
Harms punched his ticket to this tournament by winning the Super Tournament of Champions at the Lone Star Trading Post in Nebraska, and he is hoping to continue his run for a top prize.