Layne Flack is playing his big stack quite superbly in my opinion. The timing of his bets is spot on. He’s been able to extract the maximum from a hand -- like when he had queens full against Dario Alioto -- or to put a huge amount of pressure on the shorter stacks, like when he forced Dan Markowsky to fold when there were three clubs on board.
It hard to see how anyone can stop him at the moment without getting a hot run of cards.
Dario Alioto got a walk in his big blind. Then Layne Flack put in a preflop raise from the cutoff, taking the blinds.
In the next hand, Flack and Alioto limped, and both blinds (Makowsky and Fernandez) came along. The flop was
. Makowsky checked, Fernandez bet 160,000, and all folded.
Daniel Makowsky raised to 140,000, and Layne Flack called from the small blind. The flop came
. Both players checked. The turn was the
and Flack quickly bet 300,000.
Makowsky stared at the board for a while, then looked back at his chips. He let it go. Yet another pot for Flack.
In the first hand of five-handed play, Layne Flack raised to 120,000, and Dario Alioto called.
The flop came
. Both players checked. Both also checked the
turn. The river was the
and Flack bet 200,000. Alioto thought a bit, and made the call.
Flack showed Q-Q-7-2 for queens full of sevens, claiming a nice-sized pot.
The hand after that, Flack and Alioto limped to see a flop of
. Flack bet 100,000 and Alioto folded. Flack showed Q-Q-x-x as he took the smaller pot.
Kyle Kloeckner - 6th Place
It folded to Dario Alioto who raised to 120,000 from the small blind. Daniel Makowsky repotted it to 360,000 from the big blind, leaving himself 325,000 behind. Alioto called.
The flop came
. Alioto checked, Makowsky shoved, and Alioto folded. Makowsky showed A-A-9-x as he took the pot.
1. Kyle Kloeckner raised to 100,000 from the cutoff and it folded around to Ted Forrest who folded in the big blind.
2. Dario Alioto got a walk in his big blind.
Jacobo Fernandez and Layne Flack each got a walk in his big blind.
Ted Forrest, our second shortest stack, is tucking into a big sandwich. He obviously hasn't given up yet and will need the extra fuel if he is to stage a comeback.