An abbreviated day full of fast-paced eliminations and an enthralling bubble burst, saw 789 players start the day with high hopes but only 407 still have their dreams alive as the players are now bagging and tagging their chips.
The story of the day was the dramatic bubble burst of Kia Hamadani who was blinded down to his last 500-chip ante before eventually succumbing to the roars of the players in the Amazon Room as they made the money.
Only three levels of play today, but that was enough for Ludovic Lacay to emerge from the pack as our likely overnight chip leader. The likes of Blair Hinkle, Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier, Theo Tran, Mickey Mills, Dan Harrington, Kenny Tran, Tom Schneider, Nick Schulman and Lou Diamond Phillips all find themselves well placed entering Day 5 of the Main Event tomorrow.
Those who weren't so fortunate today included duel-bracelet winner Greg Mueller, Hevad Khan, Isaac Baron, Kristy Gazes, Chris Ferguson, Paul Wasicka, Alexander Kostritsyn, Justin Bonomo and of course Phil Hellmuth who was the biggest casualty late in the day.
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In one of the last hands of the night, Dennis Phillips limped, Kenny Hsiung raised to 22,000, then Sven Mol reraised all in for 122,000. Phillips folded, and Hsiung called. Afterwards, Phillips said he'd folded pocket tens.
Mol showed and Hsiung . The flop came , giving Mol a set and the big lead. The turn brought the , and perhaps a little woulda-shoulda-coulda for Phillips. The river was the , and Mol is up to 305,000. Hsiung drops to 292,000.
We join a huge pot in progress at one of the far tables with the flop showing . The betting action was unclear, but it ended with Mark Ader moving all in for 380,000 total. Kenny Tran was his opponent, and Tran would pause to consider his position carefully before making the call for half of his stack.
Ader tabled , but Tran wasn't showing just yet. He took the extra time -- another three or four minutes -- to get Ader's count, cut out the call from his stack, and push his own chips in front of Ader before turning over his , drawing slim. The on the turn was a great sweat, but the door slammed when the hit the river.
With that exchange, Ader is all the way up to 895,000, pushing Kenny Tran down to 366,000.
Marla Schwartz's stack had slowly diminished after her lost double-up through Nick Binger. Down to 68,000, she open-shoved all in preflop. Action folded to Jimmy Tran on the button, who squeezed his cards.
"What do you want me to do?" Tran asked.
"I want you to call," Schwartz replied. "I need to double up."
Call is exactly what Tran did as he tabled against Schwartz's . Schwartz paired kings on the flop and never looked back en route to 155,000 in chips.