After a fairly dormant first half of level 26 with most hands ending prior to the flop, the level has ended with a rush of big pots and huge chip exchanges.
In the very last hand of the level, Matt Hawrilenko and Sean Keeton were tangling once again. This time Hawrilenko raised to 150,000 before the flop from the button, and Keeton called from the big blind. The flop came , and Keeton rapidly pushed out a bet of 200,000. Hawrilenko waited a moment, then said he was all in, and Keeton instantly called.
Keeton showed for two pair, but Hawrilenko tabled for the flopped flush. The turn was the and the river the , and Hawrilenko chips back up to 4.96 million. Keeton now has 1.85 million.
For the first time at the final table we had a chance for a family pot. Hawrilenko opened from under the gun to 160,000. Faraz Jaka and Sean Keeton both called. Now the action was on Josh Brikis in the big blind. He decided to ruin the party and raised to 410,000 total. Hawrilenko folded, Jaka called, and Keeton folded.
The flop came . Brikis led out for 550,000 and was called rather quickly by Mr. Jaka. The turn brought the . Brikis announced all in and Jaka folded instantly.
"Thank God you didn't have the 9-10 of hearts" quacked Brikis as he raked in the healthy pot.
Brikis moves to 5,350,000 in chips and Jaka is at 2,050,000.
Faraz Jaka opened from the button for 150,000, then Jonas Wexler announced he was all in from the small blind for his last 700,000. Josh Brikis wasted little time saying he was coming over the top all in. Jaka let it go with a shrug, and the players tabled their cards:
The board ran out , and Wexler is out in 5th. Brikis is back up over 5 million.
The action was folded around to Sean Keeton in the small blind who raised to 175,000. Jonas Wexler, in the big blind, then made it 550,000 total. Keeton thought for a minute and announced all in. Wexler debated for a while and made the call.
The board ran out . Keeton doubled to about 3,650,000 and Wexler is left with 700,000.
In the first hand of the new level, Faraz Jaka opened with a raise to 150,000 from the button, then Sean Keeton reraised to 450,000 from the small blind. Next Jonas Wexler pushed all in from the big blind -- 1,505,000 total. Jaka folded, and Keeton went into the tank.
Keeton had just over 2 million left behind, so calling would mean committing a little over half of his stack. He stared upward in thought, then finally let it go.
"Good hand, Sean," said his supporters. "Nice one, Jonas," said his.