Two of the more aggressive players in the field were involved in a hand that started with Michael Addamo betting 2,500 from middle position on a flop of . Aleksejs Ponakovs raised to 7,000 from the hijack and Addamo called.
Addamo checked on the turn and Ponakovs checked back. The river completed the board and Addamo used a time bank before betting a sizable 27,000. Ponakovs quickly folded.
Ben Heath opened to 3,000 on the button and Brian Kim three-bet to 13,000 in the small blind. Aleksejs Ponakovs then cold four-bet to 29,000 in the big blind to bring a fold from Heath. Kim then five-bet jammed with a starting stack and Ponakovs snap-called with slightly less
Ponakovs was pipped and couldn't get ahead as the board ran out to mark the Latvian's early elimination.
"You might be close to chip leader at this point!" laughed Brek Schutten.