Brandon Wong raised from middle position, Gary Styczynski re-raised, and Wong called. The flop was . Wong checked, Styczynski bet, Wong raised, and Styczynski called. The turn was the . Wong bet his last 12,000 and Styczynski called. Wong turned over the for top pair, but Styczynski had a club draw with the . Wouldn't you know it, the fell on the river, and Wong earned the dubious title of final table bubble boy.
Brandon Wong raised, Gary Styczynski re-raised and Michael Banks called the rest of his chips from the big blind. The flop was . Wong checked and Styczynski checked. The turn was the and they both checked again. The river was the -- check-check again. Wong showed the for ace high, Banks showed the for a pair of fives, and Styczynski mucked.
Blinds are now 8,000-15,000 with betting limits of 15,000-30,000. 8,000-15,000 blinds may seem strange -- 7,500-15,000 sounds more like it -- but it makes sense as the 500-denomination chips were colored up hours ago.
Speaking of that color-up, Gary Styczynski, who returned from break to find half his chips missing (they were mistakenly placed in Michael Banks' stack), is our current chip leader, with 660,000.
Varouzhan Gumroyan raised from UTG, James Gorham re-raised from UTG+1, and Gumroyan called. The flop was . Gumroyan bet and Gorham called. The turn was the . Gumroyan led again and Gorham called. The river was the . Gumroyan bet and Gorham called. Gumroyan showed the and Gorham mucked.
After the hand Gumroyan was up to 275,000 and Gorham fell to 248,000.
Players have re-drawn for seats and combined to a single ten-handed table. Play will continue until one more player is eliminated. There will be an additional re-draw tomorrow afternoon before the final table begins.