The carnage came thick and fast today, as we hit our target in record time for the second day running. 407 runners became 185 in three short levels, as the Amazon went crazy in a bid to chip up or ship out before Day 6.
Among those who couldn't stand the pace were David Levi, Sorel Mizzi, Thor Hansen, Kara Scott, Dan Harrington and Bobby Baldwin. Among those who remain in the running, though, are such luminaries as Phil Ivey, Ludovic Lacay, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Tom Schneider, James Akenhead and Joe Hachem.
Our overnight chip leader is one Mr. Warren Zackey -- his stack has swelled to 5 million in the three levels we managed to get through today. Plenty of folks are on his tail, though, so this is still very definitely anyone's game. Bring on the pain...
We pick up three-way action on a flop showing , and [Removed:197] was first to act from the blinds. He checked, and J.C. Tran made a bet of 30,000. Alper Sar called, and [Removed:198] moved all in with a big covering stack. With 331,000 chips left, Tran made the call for his tournament life, and Sar quickly mucked out of the way.
Tran tabled for top-top. He had the best hand, but [Removed:198]'s gave him a monster draw. The on the turn was an airball, and a blank hit the river as well with the . Tran somehow fades the myriad of outs, doubling his way up to 820,000.
Mike Greco opened the pot for a 36,000 raise and Hieu Luu reraised from behind. Greco moved all in for about 270,000 and Luu called.
The board kept Greco's kings safe and he doubles up to 560,000.
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Shortly after Luu is involved with another all in preflop hand while holding against the of Mike Linn. However, this time the result would turn out better for Luu as the board came giving him a set of eights.