After a grueling five-hour heads up match, John Graham is moving on to round two. On the last hand he smooth called on the button with aces and his opponent shoved all in. Graham obviously called and his aces held to secure his win.
We have 12 tables remaining, 11 are HU and one (featuring Jon Spinks and Robin Rightmire) is still three-handed.
"Kill me now," said Spinks, only half joking.
Matt Jarvis and Kitty Kuo just finished a five hour heads up duel that saw Kuo come out on top. She will be returning tomorrow to try to do it all over again, while Jarvis is on to the next one.
Joseph Ebanks, the 22nd place finisher in Event #10, the $1,500 NLHE Six-Handed tournament, just knocked out the last remaining player at his table to secure his spot in round two.
In a bit of drama, after he won the hand he was so excited that he left the room before the tournament director could come over to the table to get his paperwork processed for round two. A quick search to locate Ebanks commenced but he soon wandered back into the room shaking his head and smiling.
Nam Le spent about the last hour and a half with a 3-to-1 chip lead over his opponent, but was never able to put the finishing touches on it until now. After his opponent limp, Le went all in, and his opponent called.
The board ran out to give Le the win and a ticket to tomorrow. Also advancing to tomorrow is Sam Stein.
Matt Jarvis' bad luck was brought out in a traditional poker gesture of frustration - the chair knock. Jarvis had his opponent all in when he held against her on a board, the changed nothing but the gave his opponent top set to double through Jarvis and cripple the latter.
After a near four hour heads up battle, Humberto Brenes has been eliminated by Allen Puzantyan. We missed the hand, but Puzantyan was kind enough to tell us what happened on the final hand. He said that the two players got all the money in on a board with two diamonds. Brenes had for two pair, and Puzantyan had for the nut flush draw. Puzantyan never got his flush, but the turn and river did come to give him a better two pair and the win.
Jon Spinks (4th in the $1,500 Stud Event) and Robin Rightmire (3rd in the $1,500 2-7 Single Draw) make up two of the three players still on table 42 in the shootout. All other tables have either been completed or are now heads up.
Erik Cajelais has finally won his table after a very long heads up battle that lasted around three hours.