Our 11 remaining players have returned from break. Only one more elimination til we reach the "unofficial" final table and only two until we halt play for the evening.
Players have now left on another 20-minute break. And in breaking news... although we got confirmation that we would be playing out ten levels today, we just received word that things have been changed and the players will be bagging and tagging when they hit the official final table. That means only two more bust-outs until we conclude play for the evening.
Sebastien Roy raised to 65,000 from UTG and Terrance Eischens moved all in for 570,000 from the big blind. Roy called and we had ourselves a coinflip.
The board came and Roy paired his queens to move to 1.8 million and into second place.
On the turn of a board, Mario Doria saw his 105,000 bet check-raised to 260,000 by Ren Ho Zhang. Doria made the call to see the river and Zhang moved all in for his last 755,000. Doria tanked and rechecked his cards before shrugging and folding the face up.
Zhang showed for a pure bluff.
We're not quite sure how the betting went preflop, but we know that Mario Doria got his last 530,000 in with the against Matt LaGarde's . The board ran out and Doria doubled to 1,119,000 while LaGarde's stack fell back to 520,000.
Ren Ho Zhang raised to 75,000 UTG preflop and Matthew LaGarde reraised all in for 590,000 next to him. Dror Michaelo then counted out and made the call for a good chunk of his stack. Everyone else folded, Ho Zhang included.
The board was , bricky enough for LaGarde to double up into contention.
Harald Olsen raised to 60,000 from middle position, Terrance Eischens called on the button, and Sebastien Roy re-raised to 225,000. Olsen folded and Eischens decided to move all in. Roy called putting his tournament life at risk.
Roy's kings were in the lead until the flop came giving Eischen's a set of jacks. Roy's hope wasn't lost though as he had picked up a flush draw and indeed the turn brought the giving him a king-high flush. The river was the inconsequential and Roy secured his double up.
Action folded to Pierre Neuville in the cutoff who shoved all in for his last 175,000. Harald Olsen was on the button and decided to call.
Neuville was going to need some help to stay alive but the board ran out and he was sent to the rail only a few players short of our final table. After the hand Olsen's stack was up to 950,000.