|Blinds||75,000 / 150,000|
Well, Julian Menendez sure got those chips back in a hurry...
He was the one who picked up this time and Jessica Bedoya had him at risk with . The board ran out to to give Menendez the double up.
After Julian Menendez opened to 200,000 in the hijack, Jonathan Monsalves three-bet to 450,000 in the big blind. Menendez four-bet shoved and Monsalves called all in instantly for 780,000 with . Menendez tabled and was unable to pull ahead as the board ran out .
On the very next hand after doubling Victor Forero, Stuart McDonald moved all in under the gun for his last 900,000 and was called by Julian Menendez.
There was a decent chance of a chopped pot, even after the flop; however, the turn made it unlikely. The river meant that the ace-eight high of Menendez was good, and McDonald was eliminated in sixth place. The Australian seemed content to go big or go home after the deal, which awarded him the most of the six players with $87,129.
With the most money locked up from the aforementioned deal, Stuart McDonald has not been afraid to push the action, though it is not working out in his favor. In a recent hand, McDonald raised to 280,000 from the hijack and received a call from Victor Forero in the small blind. When the flop fell , Forero checked, McDonald moved all in, and Forero called off for 1,305,000.
McDonald picked up a little help on the turn, but the river gave the pot to Forero, who took the chip lead with over 3.3 million.
Action folded to Alexis Gomez in the small blind and he moved all in for 855,000. Stuart McDonald was in the big blind and made a quick call.
We saw this exact same situation earlier and the A-K ended up the winner. History repeated itself in this hand as the board ran out . Just like that, Gomez doubled to 1.77 million.
The tournament officials have confirmed that the players agreed on a chop during the extended break. Since PokerStars now reports such deals, they were kind enough to give us the details. Here is what the following six players have locked up:
Stuart McDonald- $87,129.59
Victor Forero- $71,248.99
Jessica Bedoya- $67,591.29
Jonathan Monsalves- $55,255.77
Alexis Gomez- $53,592.18
Julian Menendez- $50,043.95
The players have also set aside $14,666.43 as they continue to battle for an LAPT Championship.
After an extended break where the chips were verified and the players had the chance to talk to one another, we're back in action.
The players are still on their break as the tournament officials verify their chip stacks.