Hand #68: Benjamin Ector raised to 2.5 million on the button and Gregory Katayama defended from the big blind. The flop came and Katayama check-called a bet of 2.1 million from Ector.
The turn was the and Katayama checked again. Ector slid out a bet of 11 million and Katayama stuck around to see the on the river.
Katayama checked for the third time and Ector announced all in, putting Katayama to the test for his remaining 38.3 million chips. Katayama called and Ector showed . Katayama had turned a set of sixes with and a massive pot has provided a stunning start to the day's play.
Hand #69: Katayama limped in from the small blind Vincent Chauve checked his option. The flop fell and Katayama led out for 1.2 million. Chauve folded and Katayama picked up his second straight pot.
Hand #70: Katayama opened to 2.5 million on the button and Chauve three-bet to 9.5 million in the small blind. Katayama folded and Chauve took down the pot.
Hand #71: Chauve made it 2.4 million to go on the button and Kainalu McCue-Unciano re-raised to 7.2 million from the big blind. Chauve quickly folded and McCue-Unciano earned himself a pot.
Hand #72: Katayama raised it up to 2.4 million in the hijack and Chauve three-bet to 7.3 million in the cutoff. The action folded back to Katayama who also let his hand go.