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Day 3 Completed
There were 15 players left standing after the first two days and 20 levels of play, at which point Al "Sugar Bear" Barbieri held the chip advantage. When play began today, escalating stakes quickly caught up with half of the field, and in just two levels the field had shrunk to six players.
With six left, Barbieri was still the clear leader with nearly 1.2 million chips, with Glenn Engelbert his nearest competitor at the time with 465,000. However, after the shorter-stacked players, Dominik Kulicki and Demetrios Arvanetes, went out in sixth and fifth, respectively, Engelbert found himself on the slide. Unfortunately for him, Engelbert found it necessary to commit the last of his chips on a hand when Alenius held pocket aces, and he went out in fourth.
The three remaining players -- Barbieri, Alenius, and Jason Tam -- were nearly even in chips when three-handed began, but Sugar Bear quickly lost ground and was out in third. When heads-up play began, Tam had a 3-to-1 chip advantage with 2.175 million to Alenius' 720,000. But with limits of 40,000/80,000 -- and eventually 50,000/100,000 -- a couple of good hands could change things quickly.
And change they did. After over an hour of back-and-forthing, Alenius had the big advantage, and eventually all of the chips. Congratulations to Tomas Alenius, champion of Event No. 26!
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Alenius' railbirds were clapping and cheering for their man as the cards were turned over, and they erupted as the board ran out to give him the win a career-high score of $197,488 and his first WSOP bracelet.
For his runner-up finish, Jason Tam earned $122,000.
The river was the . Alenius bet again, and with a wincing expression Tam made the call. Alenius turned over for the rivered full house, while Tam showed for the beaten flush. "Sick," said Tam, as the pot was pushed his opponent's way.
Alenius has taken the upper hand again with 2.2 million to Tam's 500,000.
With the blinds up to 50,000-100,000, a typical pot is in the 400,000 range and there are only 28 big bets in play at present. From where we stand, it looks like whomever can go on a good run first is going to take down this bracelet.
That pot plus a couple of others brings the pair back close to even again, with Tam at 1.4 million and Alenius 1.5 million.
Tam showed but Alenius had him one better with , taking down the pot with a pair of fives.
Two hands later, Tam raised again from the button and Alenius called. Alenius check-raised the flop and Tam called. The turn was the and Alenius check-called a bet from Tam. The river fell the and both players checked.
Alenius showed and Tam mucked. He's down to around 875,000 while Alenius has about 2 million.
With the other tourneys all on break and just a few heads-up matches going on nearby, there is not a lot of noise surrounding the two competitors. They are keeping mostly quiet as well, only occasionally sharing brief exchanges about recently folded hands.
The pair are just about even in chips at the moment, with both having approximately 1.45 million.
Alenius now has about 1.5 million to Tam's 1.4 million.