The money bubble has burst and so the short-stack frenzy begins. Max Pescatori is the first to go, making a strong hand in the razz round that wasn't good enough against Dan Heimiller's stronger hand. We weren't able to catch all the cards before the hands were killed, but Pescatori definitely has no more chips and is off to get paid.
Well, it looks like somebody busted. We're still trying to figure out who it was. In the meantime, the field has been sent on an unscheduled twenty-minute break and a color-up is being performed. When they return, the gray (T100) chips will be gone, a table will be broken, and we'll be down to the last six tables.
Catching the action on fifth street, Scott Seiver fired out a bet before Phil Ivey raised it up. Seiver made the call before he fired on sixth. Ivey called but then folded to the pressure from Seiver on the river.
Seiver: (X-X) / / (X)
Ivey: (X-X) / / (X)
Ivey claimed he had in the hole and bricked the river for half of the pot. He slips to just 35,000 as Seiver is now up to 185,000 and our likely chip leader.
Darus Suharto doubled once during the stud round, from 5,000 to 10,000, by making nines and sixes agaisnt a player who completely bricked out. Just as we were coming back to the desk to describe the double-up, Suharto was in again. He must have bricked out, because he stood up and left the tournament area.
Zac Fellows was making a solid defense of his title in this event, but he's just been eliminated in rather brutal fashion, just before the money, during a recent hand of razz.
Fellows and Adam Hourani were all in at some point, but we're not certain which street, with Mitch Schock having both covered. The dealer was pitching cards all over the table as we frantically tried to jot down 21 cards.
Schock made a sixty-four and Hourani squeezed out a wheel on the river. Suddenly Fellows looked down at his board and realized he was drawing dead on the river, but he found an ace anyway to make a sixty-five.
Fellows is gone, Hourani more than doubles to 75,000 by winning the main pot, while Schock collects some chips in the side pot to move up to 115,000.
We've reached that stage of the night. With 25 minutes to go in the level, there are 51 players remaining in this event. 48 will get paid. The floor supervisor has just announced to the dealers that they must inform him immediately if a player busts out.
Topias Wahlbeck has been eliminated in a hand of Stud-8 against recently crowned WSOP bracelet winner Konstantin Puchkov.
Wahlbeck fired a bet on fifth street, before tossing in his last 100 chip on sixth street. Wahlbeck held two pair, nines and tens, as Puchkov was showing four low cards on board and revealed an open-ended straight draw before the river was dealt. Wahlbeck didn't improve but Puchkov made his straight to scoop and eliminate Wahlbeck from the tournament. Puchkov is up to 105,000.
Meanwhile Eric Brix has finally lost the battle with his short stack, eliminated on a nearby table by Scott Seiver.