It took a total of 12 hours to go from 32 players down to the final eight in the longest day yet at the PCA.
The early stages of the tournament were relatively fast-paced, but unfortunately for PokerStars, they saw one of their Team Pro members in Vicky Coren get gunned down when she made an ill-timed shove with pocket sixes and Jason Paster called her with pocket tens. Coren lost the hand and was so crippled she had to shove her last $75,000 with 7♦ 5♣ just a few hands later. That was it for her tournament life.
A great subplot of the day was the superb play of Hafiz Khan, who incredibly finished runner-up at this same event last year. Khan was pushing people around for most of the early stages and even buried Christian De Leon with pocket kings during Level 20.
All good things come to end, however, and Khan was eventually eliminated when he bluffed his way right out of the tournament against Anthony Gregg.
One of the highlights of the day was the roller-coaster play of Kevin Saul and arch-nemesis Benny Spindler.
Both players had almost limitless aggression so it was only a matter of time before they clashed. In the early stages of the day Spindler was absolutely relentless in his betting against Saul and even won a massive pot from Saul after $850,000 bet. Spindler was so confident he showed the 5-3o bluff.
Saul would have his revenge, however, several hours later when Spindler once again made a massive raise, this time on a T♣ T♦ 2♣ K♠ A♥ board. Commentators suggested that both players must have had something massive, but when Saul finally made the call, Spindler immediately tried to muck.
Saul, perhaps because of the 5-3o bluff, insisted that Spindler show his hand. It was indeed a bluff with Q♣ 8♣. The incredible part was that Saul showed just 7♣ 7♥. Spindler didn't raise Saul nearly as much after that hand.
One of the most well-known players remaining in the tournament, and the last remaining woman, Kathy Liebert was unceremoniously dumped in the later stages of the day.
PokerKat seemed to go extremely card-dead on the penultimate day of the PCA and was forced to finally shove with pocket fives, only to get the quick call from Kevin Saul with K♠ 8♠. Two pair on the board meant Saul's king played, and that was it for Liebert.
While this was going on Gomes was making some moves of his own on one of the outer tables. It all started with a big suck-out by Gomes against Adam Geyer. Gomes was drawing extremely thin on a T♣ 6♦ 5♠ 8♣ board but managed to hit a much-needed ace on the river to take over the chip lead.
It was just the start for Gomes, who had legions of Brazilian poker fans to cheer him on throughout the evening.
When the remaining nine players made their way to the final table it appeared the short stack would be eliminated and Saul would carry the chip lead into the final table. But there would be one more enormous upset before the night would end.
In the biggest hand of the tournament Gomes went after chip leader Saul. In the hand Gomes bet pre-flop and Saul flatted. The flop came 6♣ 6♥ 2♣ and Gomes made a small continuation bet that Saul called. The turn came 6♠ and Saul took another stab, betting $500,000, but Gomes called.
The river brought the Q♠ and Gomes checked but Saul bet $1.3 million. Gomes responded by reraising all-in for $1.6 million more. Saul looked extremely pained by the shove but eventually felt he had to make the call, flipping over K♦ Q♦ for the rivered top pair. Gomes showed A♣ A♦, however, and raked the gigantic $8 million pot for the chip lead.
A few hands later Jan Collado Y Fernandez was eliminated, meaning Gomes will carry a staggering $8.08 million into the final table.
Join us at 1 p.m. ET for the exciting conclusion to one of the richest tournaments ever held as one player will walk away with a stunning $3 million.
Here are the final chip counts: