A raising war resulted in the stacks of Chris Lee and Molichisa Ngeth ending up in the middle and the latter was at risk for around 650,000. Both players showed pocket aces, but there was a special twist to it.
The board ran out and Ngeth glanced at the board, then sighed with the words "oh, he has the diamonds," before bowing out in a massive pot.
With about 50,000 chips already in the middle and the board reading , The Nguyen bet 40,000 from the small blind, Quan Zhou raised to 208,000 from the big blind, Hani Mio called from under the gun, and Nguyen folded.
The turn brought the , Zhou shoved, and Mio quickly called to put him at risk.
Zhou had the advantage with top pair and the nut-flush draw, but Mio had a wrap and was also open-ended for the straight flush. The river made a ten-high straight for Mio to take the pot and send Zhou to the cage.
Johnny Lodden raised and called the shove of table neighbor Robert Cowen for 94,000 in total.
The board came and Cowen doubled.
At almost the same time, Bobby Oboodi and Mike Gorodinsky got near-identical stacks in preflop with Oboodi as the player at risk holding . Gorodinsky held and saw the board run out . The two pair of Oboodi on the flop were second-best as Gorodinsky rivered trips aces.
Jason DeWitt raised to 33,000 from middle position and Robert Cowen made a pot-sized three-bet to 123,000 from the button, committing the majority of his stack. After a few moments of thought, DeWitt called, and the two players saw a flop of . DeWitt checked and Cowen checked behind.
The turn brought the , DeWitt bet 100,000, and Cowen folded.
Mosley Dominique busted in a big three-way pot to Aleksei Altshuller just before Hani Mio also sent Nikolai Sears to the rail. Last but not least, Dermot Blain was spotted leaving the tournament area as well.
In Dominique's knockout, he had raised to 32,000 and Aleksei Altshuller called. Cyrus Partow then three-bet to 152,000 and both players called. On the flop, Dominique pushed all in for his last 97,000 and Altshuller reraised the pot to force out Partow.
The turn left Dominique drawing dead, making the river a formality.
Meanwhile Blain busted in a battle of the blinds. His cards were already in the muck and Murat Tulek raked in the pot. According to Tulak, he limped in, Blain bet the pot and then shoved a flop with the seven and an ace in his hand. Tulek called with for two pair and the straight draw. He immediately got the straight and Blain was done for the day.
A big pot was brewing between Ben Lamb and Yan Shing Tsang, and the former bet the turn for 230,000 from the cutoff. There were 235,000 in the pot, which Tsang verified with the dealer, and he ultimately folded.
Meanwhile over on Table 600, three players including Tommy Le limped in, then Ryan Miller squeezed to 104,000 and only Le called. The flop of and the turn were checked. On the river, Le bet 85,000 and Miller folded.