There was about 30,000 in the middle and the board read when Frank Argano bet 25,000 into Ari Albilia. Albilia didn't look pleased, but made the call. Argano opened for eights and sevens, but Albilia tabled for tens and sevens and raked in the 80,000-chip pot.
A player under the gun opened with a 3x raise to 6,000 and the table folded around to Patrick Houchins, sitting comfortably behind a mountain of orange and gray chips.
Houchins called, as did the big blind, and the three players saw the flop come . It checked to Houchins who nonchalantly plucked 11,000 from his stacks to place in the middle. The big blind quickly folded, and the original raiser paused only for a moment before folding his face up.
Houchins has about 255,000 at present.
Action folded to a player in the small blind who raised to 6,000. Joe Chaplin defended his big blind and the flop fell . Chaplin's opponent led for 5,500 and Chaplin called.
The turn was the and Chaplin's opponent slowed down, checking to Chaplin who fired 6,000. That bet was good enough to win the pot and send Chaplin's stack to 120,000 chips.
Players are on the last scheduled break of the evening. Ten minutes to rest, then two more 40-minute levels left to go in Day 1.
Frank Argano moved all in over a bet with the board reading . His opponent called and Argano turned over for the nuts.
"Yup," Argano said proudly. "Knew you'd call."
His opponent was drawing dead with and after the river completed the board, Argano was pushed the pot. He now sits with an impressive 280,000 chips.
Having suddenly plunged into short-stack status, Paul "paulgees81" Volpe committed the last of his chips with and found himself having unfortunately run into an opponent holding .
"Ugh," said Volpe upon seeing his opponent's tabled cards, standing up quickly to gather his bag. The flop provided some hope, coming , but the turn and river meant Volpe's night was over.
The field has shrunk from the 442 who started the day down to 125 players remaining. That makes the average stack a little over 70,000 at the moment.
There are about five minutes left in Level 14, at which point we'll be taking our last break of the evening.
Preflop action had built a pot of about 17,000 between three players, including the small blind, Frank Argano in early position, and Joe Udine in middle position.
The flop came . The player in the small blind bet 3,000 and Argano unhesitatingly called. Udine then pushed out a raise to 14,200 total, prompting a quick fold from the small blind. Argano contemplated for a bit, then folded his face up.
Argano is still sitting in fine shape with a massive stack of about 225,000, while Udine chips up close to 70,000.