Adam Friedman raised to 60,000 from under-the-gun and Jonathan Tamayo three-bet to 90,000. Friedman made the call and the flop came . Friedman checked the textured flop and Tamayo fired 30,000 into the pot. This was met by a call from Friedman and the turn card came .
This time Friedman led out for a bet of 60,000 and Tamayo decided to see the river card, making the call.
Both players checked after the scare card arrived and Tamayo tabled his for bottom pair. Friedman held the for a pair of nines, which was enough to push the pot his way. This beat dropped Tamayo into the danger zone with only 150,000 remaining chips, while Friedman continued his ascent, climbing to 1,550,000 with the win.
Ron Ware tried to make it three in a row for his tournament life, raising to 60,000 from under-the-gun. Aaron Steury reraised to 90,000 from the button to put Ware all-in.
Ware was in great shape with his pair of queens but the flop of was a mixed bag for the short-stacked player. He had dodged the deadly ace but Steury picked up a slew of additional outs with his four flush. Ware would now need to dodge a club or an ace on the turn and river to keep his momentous comeback alive.
The turn ended the drama by completing Steury's flush and the ace on the river was simply overkill. Ron Ware exited in 5th place and will claim a prize of $60,036 for his run in this event. Steury now holds 1,570,000 chips after the win.
Adam Friedman is a persistent man and he tried once more to take Ron Ware out of the equation. Ware scored a scoop, however, in a three way hand and boosted his stack to 80,000 with his (X) for two pair.
With the tournament announcer lauding Ware as "the best all-in player he's ever seen," Ware has survived two consecutive all-ins against the same two opponents, which is a rare feat to say the least.
Adam Friedman tried to eliminate the crippled Ron Ware on the very next deal, along with Aaron Steury, but Ware managed to score a chop in a hand of Omaha-8 to momentarily keep his tiny stack of 30,000 chips intact.
After completing the bet, Friedman led out on every street and Ware called him down the whole way. On sixth street Friedman asked Ware, "How much you got?" and for a reply Ware simply mucked his hand. Apparently whatever draw Ware was fishing for failed to materialize and Friedman won the large pot without even needing to fire a bet.
This highly unusual hand crippled Ware and left him with only 30,000 chips, a stack which was reduced by a fourth on the next hand after Ware tossed in his 7,000 ante.
Ethier found himself all in after the betting on sixth street and was at risk. Friedman folded to a bet by Steury and the players revealed their down cards. Ethier tabled the in the hole and the on seventh street, for a lone pair of jacks. Steury flipped up his hole cards and a received on seventh street, for two pair, eights and deuces and he chipped up to 1,380,000 after the hand.
This meant that Ethier was eliminated in sixth place and he will pocket $43,512 for his finish.
Aaron Steury raised to 50,000 from under the gun and watched as Ron Ware three-bet to 75,000. Steury was not fazed and, perhaps emboldened by his recent elimination of David Baker, four-bet to 100,000. Ware made the call and the dealer flopped .
Steury led out for 25,000 and Ware came along, bringing the on the turn. Again Steury led out, this time for 50,000 and again Ware decided to peel one off.
The action repeated itself after the river was revealed and Ware tabled his for a pair of aces and an 8-4-3-2-A low. Steury could match Ware's high hand with his but couldn't produce a low hand, meaning Ware would claim three quarters of the pot. This pot would put Ware up to 440,000 while Steury dropped to 950,000.
Adam Friedman tried to ride out his rush and raised to 50,000 before the flop holding the button. Aaron Steury and a short-stacked David Baker made the call.
Steury checked and Baker threw his last 25,000 into the middle. Friedman continued his aggressive line, raising it to 50,000 and Steury three-bet, making it 75,000 to go in an effort to isolate the all-in player. Friedman could smell the blood in the water as well and made the call, trying to combine forces and eliminate Baker.
The turn card came and Steury led out with a bet of 50,000, which Friedman called. After the fell on the river, the action repeated itself and we were headed for a showdown. Friedman tabled the for trip sevens and an ace kicker, but found himself crushed by the for quad queens held by Steury.
Baker saw the bad news and mucked his cards face down, exiting the final table area with a seventh-place finish, which was good for a $32,150 payday.