First to speak, Michael Linn opened for 150,000 from under the gun, only for Taylor Larkin to make it a 425,000 from the small blind. Going against common trends in which the big blind normally side steps out of the way, Miahai Manole had other ideas and duly slid in a four-bet to a whopping 1,025,000.
Linn immediaely moved all in (although his stack crumbled en route), whilst a disgruntled Larkin folded what he later revealed was . Manole, meanwhile, shrugged his shoulders, asked for a count, and made the call.
Despite a hair-raising flop, the turn and river were both blanks and Linn doubled through to 3,800,000, whilst a disappointed Manole sank to 2,490,000.
The atmosphere is rather tense at the moment as the four remaining players continue to engage in a psychological battle. Every move, every decision, is deliberately and meticulously made, and the other players are always suspicious that someone else is making a move.
The last pot of note saw Benjamin Smith raise to 175,000 from the small blind and Taylor Larkin call from the big. On the flop, Smith led for 250,000 and Larkin called. On the turn, however, Smith conceded the hand by check-folding to a bet of 400,000. As a result, Smith had dropped down to around the million mark and is currently the shortest stack at the table.
Proving himself not as invincible as initially thought, Taylor Larkin has dropped down to 4,180,000 after doubling through crowd favorite Mahai Manole.
It was actually Michael Linn who got the ball rolling, his raise to 150,000 from under the gun flat called by Larkin in the small blind. The action halted on Manole who, after a brief pause, announced all-in. Linn folded, but Larkin called quicker than Concorde.
The crowd erupted like Mount Vesuvius as a third 10 hit the flop. No change on the turn and river and the Romanian doubled through to 2,800,000.