10:13pm -- Can Nguyen Stop Cimpan?
Binh Nguyen raised to 310,000 and again Andrew Cimpan called. The action checked all the way down on a board of
. At showdown, Cimpan produced
for two pair, sixes and threes. That was another winner.
10:10pm -- Yet Another Pot to Cimpan
It was a limped pot between Andrew Cimpan and Binh Nguyen. Both players checked a king-high flop,
. When the turn fell
, Nguyen tried a bet of 175,000 but couldn't shake Cimpan. They went to the river
, where Cimpan bet 300,000. Nguyen asked if he had a queen again before calling.
At first the audience couldn't see the hand, and TD Matt Savage didn't announce it. An audience member called out, "Mr. Announcer, what was the hand?" Savage, who had been busy with something else, replied, "I didn't see it." That prompted Cimpan to turn around and say, "I had a king, I had an ace with it, I had the nut straight draw and the nut flush draw." His pair of kings was enough to drag the pot anyway.
9:59pm -- Scorecard
It seems that all of the big pots are going to Andrew Cimpan and the little ones are going to Binh Nguyen. That is not a trend that bodes well for Nguyen. In another raised pot, Cimpan checked to Nguyen and then called a bet of 400,000 on a flop of
. The action checked all the way down from there, through the
river. Nguyen turned over
for two pair, eights and sevens, but Cimpan came up with
for the same two pair with a better kicker.
9:54pm -- Another 700K for the Bad Penny
Maybe Andrew Cimpan's supporters are right -- maybe he really is the bad penny that you can't get rid of because it keeps coming back. He called another 300,000 preflop raise from Binh Nguyen and then checked a flop of
. Nguyen bet 400,000, then quickly folded to a check-raise from Cimpan of 1.5 million.
With that pot, Cimpan has taken a slight chip lead.
9:51pm -- "Bad Penny" Making Progress
Andrew Cimpan has relieved 700,000 chips from Binh Nguyen. He called Nguyen's 300,000-chip preflop raise to a flop of
which both players checked. Cimpan checked again on the
turn, but was not driven out of the pot by Nguyen's bet of 400,000. He called, then bet 1.5 million when the river fell
. Nguyen quickly folded.
9:46pm -- First Pot to Nguyen
With both players playing fairly deep, heads-up play has started (predictably) with a cautious hand. Andrew Cimpan completed the small blind and Binh Nguyen checked. Both checked a flop of
, but Nguyen took down the pot with a bet of 200,000 on the