In his heads-up duel with Phil Laak, last year's WSOP Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel is cruising along and appears poised to follow his storybook run with another strong series. Duhamel currently holds a sizable lead over Laak and seems to be winning the big pots while letting Laak take down the small ones. Currently, Laak has utilized his two 25k chip add-ons, while Duhamel still has an add-on in reserve.
Preflop David Oppenheim slid out all his large denomination chips for a raise, essentially putting Vanessa Rousso all in. Rousso wondered aloud if she could show her cards. She tanked for a few moments but then made the call holding against Oppenheim's pocket queens. The flop hit Oppenheim when it fell but the turn gave Rousso Broadway when it fell . The river blanked with for Oppenheim and he sent 17,600 to Rousso. Both players still hold both rebuy chips.
Erik Seidel is struggling with his opponent Dani Stern here in the early going. Both men are still hanging onto their add-on chips, so they're playing with 25,000-chip stacks for now. Seidel had been whittled down to just 3,800 when he open-shoved with . Stern asked for the count before calling with , and he out-flopped his opponent as the dealer spread out . The on the turn was a blank, but Seidel caught back up as the river gave him the straight to double up. He's still short though, sitting with 7,600 to Stern's 42,400.
Alexander Venovski called on the button and Steve Zolotow checked to see a flop of . Zolotow checked and Venovski bet 1,000. Zolotow pulled out a check-raise and made it 3,000 to go. Venovski announced “All in” and Zolotow made the call.
Zolotow boated up on the turn when the fell, making Venovski’s river flush no good when the fell on the final street.
Zolotow is around 60,000 in chips.
With the blinds at 400/800, Daniel Negreanu min-raised on the button to 1,600 and was reraised to 4,800 by Alexander Kostritsyn. The man they call "Kid Poker" splashed the pot with his all-in move, comitting the last of his initial 25,000 starting stack. Kostritsyn quickly called with and when Negreanu tabled his , the two were off to the races. The flop of was good for Kostritsyn, who could now catch any Queen, Eight, or Diamond to win the pot. The on the turn was safe for Negreanu, but the on the river gave Kostritsyn the flush and reduced Negreanu to his two remaining 25k chip add-ons.
Andrew Robl has just stood up and shaken hands with his opponent Alexander Millar. The chips were pushed to Robl's side, and he quickly signed his name on his Round 2 card. Robl is moving on.
Also advancing is the champion of last year's $10,000 Heads-Up Championship, Ayaz Mahmood. He dispensed with David Williams with a quickness, and we're starting to drop a few players off the board here in the fourth level.
Vanessa Rousso checked with the board reading and David Oppenheim knocked the table as well. When the fell on the river, Rousso checked again but this time Oppenhem fired a bet of 4,000 into a pot containing 6,800 chips. This prompted Rousso to agonize over her decision as she repeatedly stacked and restacked her chips, assessing if she could afford to make the call. Flashing a smile to Oppenheim, Rousso asked if he held the , which would have made him a runner-runner straight. With Oppenheim offering no replies, Rousso eventually folded her hand and Oppenheim scooped a medium-sized pot.
With the blinds at 300/600, Benjamin Tollerene limped on the button. Barry Greenstein made it 1,800 total and Tollerene made the call.
The flop came and Greenstein fired out a bet of 2,000. Tollerene made the call and we saw a turn of . This time Greenstein fired out 5,000 and Tollerene once again called. When the fell on the river Greenstein made a bet of 12,000. Tollerene announced “Call” and flipped up and that was enough to take down the pot.