The two chip leaders, Aaron Lim and Naoya Kihara, have been clashing all day and have mostly traded chips back and forth. The following hand, however, saw Lim take the World Series of Poker bracelet winner for all he was worth.
The action opened with Lim sliding out a raise to 20,000 from the cutoff. It came around to Kihara's big blind and he three-bet to 56,000. Lim stayed the course.
The two took a flop of and Kihara continued out for 52,000. Lim flatted and the turn was the . Kihara cut into his stack and came out with a bet of 122,000. Lim once again wasted little time moving out a call. The board finished off with the . Kihara counted his stack before announcing that he was all in for 402,000 total.
The crowd gathered as the two chip leaders went at it and the rail was at least three people deep around the entire table. Roughly one minute passed before:
"Why so much?" asked Lim. Kihara remained motionless, staring at one spot on the felt and never raising his eyes. Another minute passed.
"Alright," said Lim. "I call."
Kihara flipped up for merely ace-high. Lim showed for top-top and just like that the PokerStars Team Online member was eliminated from play. Lim absorbed his stack and catapulted himself into an astounding chip lead with 1.55 million.
Kihara made a quick exit from the tournament area and will be leaving with KRW 9,500,000 in prize money.