|Blinds||30,000 / 60,000|
The players are now on a 15-minute break. Here's how the stacks look.
Elie Payan limped in on the button for 30,000, David Sands called as well and Rafe Kibrit checked his option. The dealer flopped and all three players tapped the table.
The turn came and once again Sands checked, but Kibrit fired 80,000 into the middle. Payan made the call and Sands mucked his hand. The dealer revealed the on the river and Kibrit bet 130,000. Payan looked him up but mucked instantly when he saw the held by Kibrit.
The turned set chipped him up slightly but Payan still has a 2:1 chip lead over Kibrit.
After the recent flurry of activity in which two players were quickly eliminated, the action has slowed somewhat as Rafe Kibrit, Elie Payan and David Sands have inched closer to the coveted prize of a WSOP gold bracelet.
With nobody wanting to hit the rail next, each player has tightened up and preflop raises are taking down most of the pots at the moment.
David Sands was all in preflop with the against Elie Payan's . Sands was the player at risk and all in for 400,000 in chips.
The flop came down and Sands commented, "That's a good start," as he picked up a club draw.
The turn brought the and then the river landed with the . Sands hit his flush on the river and was able to double back through the chip leader.
Juha Vilkki limped in for 30,000 from the cutoff and Elie Payan called from the small blind. Stephen Wolfe checked his option on the big blind and we were off to the flop.
All three players checked it down and the turn card came . This time Payan fired a pot-sized bet of 90,000 into the middle and Wolfe threw his hand away. Vilkki re-potted and made it 360,000 to go, effectively committing himself to this hand with the bet. Payan three-bet for the pot and forced Vilkki all-in. The young Finn began shaking his had as if he knew he had made a mistake with his previous bet sizing, and although he seemed like he wanted to fold, he had too many chips invested at this point to surrender.
Vilkki made the call and flipped up his for a pair of sevens, a gutshot straight draw and flush draw. Payan revealed the for a flopped set of threes and was in good shape heading to the river.
With his rail calling for the board to pair, the dealer delivered and Juha Vilkki was eliminated from the tournament in 4th place, collecting $82,297 for his efforts. Payan now has a commanding chip lead entering three-handed play.
From under the gun, Elie Payan limped in. Stephen Wolfe was in the next spot in the cutoff seat and raised the pot to 135,000. Action folded back around to Payan and he made the call rather quickly.
The flop came down and Payan led out for the pot, 315,000. Wolfe raised all in for 660,000 and Payan called.
The turn was the and the river the , which brought in Payan's spade flush and won him the pot. He eliminated Wolfe on the hand, who finished in fifth place for a little over $60,000.
From under the gun, Juha Vilkki raised to 65,000. Elie Payan made the call from the button and the two saw the flop come . Vilkki checked and Payan potted it for 175,000. Vilkki folded and Payan won the pot.
From the cutoff seat, Juha Vilkki raised to 65,000 and Stephen Wolfe called from the big blind. Both players then checked the flop being the board paired on the turn with the rolling off. Wolfe fired 100,000, but was met with a min-raise to 200,000 from Vilkki. Wolfe gave it up and Vilkki won the hand.