After about an hour of negotiations, the two finalists have struck a deal. Tianyuan Tang and Elliot Smith have decided to chop up the remaining prize pool, securing HK$2,577,000 each and playing for HK$300,000 to the eventual champ.
For the second time in a row, Elliot Smith slid out a bet of a million from the small blind into Daniel Laidlaw's big blind. Laidlaw looked down at his hand and announced he was all in. Smith quickly called.
The board ran out and, although Laidlaw flopped a flush draw, the turn and river bricked out and the Aussie was eliminated in third place. Laidlaw earned HK$1,724,000 for his efforts.
Hand #39: Tianyuan Tang opened to 200,000 from the small blind and Elliot Smith called in the big blind. The flop came and Tang continued for 180,000. Smith called. The turn card was the and once again Smith called a bet from Tang, this time for 350,000. Both players checked the on the river and Tang captured the pot with .
Hand #40: Smith slid out a million from the small blind and short-stack Daniel Laidlaw folded.
Daniel Laidlaw was the first into the pot as he raised to 135,000 from the cutoff. Tianyuan Tang three-bet to 360,000 from the button and action came to Avraham Oziel in the small blind. He pushed all in. Laidlaw quickly folded but Tang called.
Oziel slapped his aces on the table triumphantly and Tang shook his head as he learned how good of a hand he was up against.
"Seven, seven," Tang's rail called.
The dealer flopped and the rail erupted in cheers. Oziel looked sick as the board completed with and , eliminating him in fourth place for HK$1,280,000. This was a great run for the Canadian PokerStars Spin & Go qualifier.