Players are now on a 10-minute break.
Five players saw a flop of including Russell Crane. A player in the small blind checked to Crane who fired 8,100. Action folded back to the player in the small blind who opted to call. Both players checked the on the turn and after the fell on the river Crane's opponent led for 29,000 - about a pot-size bet.
Crane went into the tank for a very long time before finally calling. His opponent rolled over for a full house.
"That's a good hand," Crane joked.
The monster pot was shipped away from Crane, but he is still healthy with 60,000 chips.
Jeffrey Papola has been eliminated.
Not sure if Edward Pham, who had been Papola's neighbor to his right, was the one to have taken the last of his chips, but circumstantial evidence strongly suggests the possibility. Pham now sits with a smile and a significantly larger stack of 135,000 -- among the largest in the room as we near the end of Level 12.
When we reached David Fox's table, there were over 30,000 chips in the middle and the board read . One player was already all in for a small main pot, but the majority of the chips were sitting in the side pot.
Fox led for 18,000 and his opponent tank-folded. Fox opened for top-top and the all-in opponent went to sweat his cards for the first time. The first card he peeled over was the and the table erupted in cheer. He pinched the corner of his second card and flipped it over in a flash.
The did not give him two pair or better, and all of the chips were pushed towards Fox who now sits with 75,000.
Here are some assorted chip counts.
Ryan Pollack and Russell Crane were just involved in a large one.
By the river the board was all black, the five community cards . The pot had grown to about 15,000, and Pollack pushed out a bet of 2,500 hoping that would be enough to claim it. Crane had other thoughts in mind, however, raising Pollack with a total bet of 13,200.
Pollack went into the tank. "How much do you have left?" he asked with a smile, then waved his hand to indicate he was joking as Crane had considerably more. Pollack -- playing from a kneeling position because of his recent back surgery -- seemed to be more pained by Crane's bet than his sore back.
Finally he called, and Crane quickly showed for a club flush. "Good hand," said Pollack wearily, was down to just 10,100 after paying that one off. Crane, meanwhile, is up around 80,000.
Unfortunately for Pollack, he'd lose his remaining chips shortly thereafter, hitting the rail just as the field had shrunk to 200.
When we reached Joe Chaplin's table the board read and Chaplin was faced with a 5,000-chip bet. He grabbed a tall stack of chips and slid them in the center, moving all in for effectively 17,000. His opponent tank-folded, showing the and Chaplin offered to show one. The card his opponent chose was the , adding to the intrigue.
Chaplin raked in the pot and is now up over 60,000 chips.
Two players remained in the hand. The board showed , and Timothy Finne's opponent had checked. After some thought, Finne bet 2,700, only to get check-raised to 7,700. He considered the situation further, then made the call, bringing the total pot to about 22,000.
The turn brought the and another check from Finne's opponent. Finne sat for a minute fiddling with his chips, then plucked off his stacks a gray (5,000), three oranges (1,000 each), a purple (500), and five blacks (100), for a bet of 9,000. Finne's opponent gazed at the small tower for a half-minute before tossing his cards dealerward.
Finne chips up close to 60,000 on that one.