There are 240 players left and thirty-seven minutes before the players depart for a ninety-minute dinner break. In the meantime, let us give you an update of what is happening in the dwindling area of the Silver Section.
Our first piece of news concerns Daniel Negreanu. The last time we saw him (admittedly a while ago) he was down to 14BB. Since then he has had a great few levels and now has 33,000 in front of him and seems to be playing within himself.
The man needing a carthorse to carry his chips around is Steve Merrifield. Merrifield went deep in Event #26: $3,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em where he finished in 17th spot for $13,2828. Merrifield currently has 133,000 and is our chip leader.
In other Silver Section news Karen Sarkisyan has eliminated Nacho Barbero in a nut flush versus second nut flush scenario (It seems Sarkisyan had Barbero's number today), and we have just caught Joseph Cheong doubling up.
We caught the action on a flop of and Cheong was heads-up and in position. His opponent bet 1,500, Cheong made the call and we moved onto the turn card where we saw the . Cheong's opponent bet 3,000, Cheong raised pot, his opponent moved all-in and Cheong called.
So both players had the same straight, but Cheong was free rolling with the club flush draw, and lo and behold the dealer pulled that particular rabbit out of the hat - .
With that stroke of fortune, Cheong moved up to 43,000.