The field is on a 15-minute break. When they return, they'll play one more level of 100 minutes before they bag and tag.
The action was opened by a player in early position, and Kristen Bicknell three-bet to 15,000 from middle position. The action was folded back around to her opponent, who called, and they went heads-up to the flop.
The flop came , and the action was checked to Bicknell, who bet 15,000. Her opponent called, and the came on the turn. Both players checked, and the landed on the river. Her opponent bet 18,000, and Bicknell moved all in. She had her opponent covered, as he only had around 57,000 remaining. He went into the tank for over five minutes.
The room had already cleared out for the 15-minute break, and Bicknell apparently wanted to enjoy some of that break, as well. She finally called the clock on her opponent. The tournament official got down to his last second before Bicknell's opponent said, "Call."
Bicknell tabled , and that was good enough to earn her a big pot.
Three players saw a flop, and Jonathan Dimmig and Mike Leah were the only two that stayed in. They checked through the turn, and Dimmig bet the river for 11,500. Leah called and said, "You got lucky," before the cards were shown. Dimmig flashed , and Leah tabled for a split pot. Both players hold one bracelet thus far and are looking to increase that number by one.
Another big stack is Jeffrey Turton, who just scooped a bigger pot. After calling a raise by the hijack, he was on a three-way flop of and bet. The small blind called, and the hijack check-raised to 25,000, which only Turton called. On the turn, the hijack bet 47,000, and Turton moved all in. His opponent sighed and folded, claiming to have had ace-jack.
Maurice Hawkins, however, remains the current chip leader with more than half-million in chips.
With Level 11 drawing to a close and one more 100-minute level to play after the final break of the night, there are 324 players still remaining and 264 places getting paid.
The discussion on several tables has turned to whether or not the money bubble will burst tonight
Time will tell, but it's going to be close.
Julian Stuer raised from the cutoff and ended up firing all three streets on a board of . Caroline Dupre in the big blind called the first two bets and checked the river, then faced a bet worth 26,000 by Stuer. Dupre called, and Stuer mucked to forfeit the pot, but the German still remains among the bigger stacks in the room.
Niall Farrell, on the same table, has recovered nicely, as well, and sits on an above-average stack.
[Removed:342] limped under the gun for 2,000, and the player next to her raised to 7,500. A third player called, leaving about the same behind. Action was then on Adrian Mateos in the small blind, who raised to 26,000. That raise didn’t deter [Removed:343], who called. The original raiser folded, and the other player called all in for less.
The flop was and a check from Mateos saw [Removed:343] bet 25,000. Mateos mucked.
The all in player had , but [Removed:343] tabled .
The turn was the and the river the , and [Removed:343] won the pot with queens up.
The tournament is currently reading 342 players remaining, and Maurice Hawkins leads them all as the first player to cross the 500,000-chip mark. Hawkins has been having himself a great time, dancing around the table, joking with other players, and he's been crushing on the felt, as well. There are many other notables still alive in the Marathon event; below are some updated stacks:
[Removed:342] has been spicing up the table with her aggressive play, and now she has some chips with which to splash around, as well.
In a recent pot, the board read , and [Removed:343] bet, only to be raised by her opponent to 25,000. [Removed:343] called, and the river was the . [Removed:343] checked, and her opponent moved all in. Unsure of who had more chips, [Removed:343] made a quick call.
Her opponent tabled , and [Removed:343] showed for two pair, as the eyes of other players opened wider and wider in shock at what they just saw. [Removed:343] had plenty of chips in her stack for the dealer to count, so she quickly took off to the restroom. It turned out [Removed:343] had 65,500, and she was the player at risk, so she received a full double-up and will have a big stack when she returns.
Brennan Benglis was the biggest stack at his table for a short while, but Emil Lukac just took over the role after scooping a big pot against Dmitry Yurasov. The board was already completed and showed , and Yurasov checked out of the small blind with some 80,000 in the pot.
Lukac was in the big blind and bet 43,000. After plenty of consideration, Yurasov tossed in the chips for the call and was shown for a straight by Lukac. That knocked down Yurasov below the average with fewer than 350 players remaining, and their table is one of the next to break.
Out of the small blind, Kou Vang shoved for his last 36,500, and the big blind called and tabled . Vang had the slightly superior pocket pair in and held up, thanks to a board of . The same table also features one of the current chip leaders with around 360 players remaining, and that is Ryan Drossel.
Along with Alexander Lynskey and Maurice Hawkins, they are the men to beat right now in the penultimate level of the day.