It may have taken a while to reach our first elimination but a domino effect has been set off, three players busting in quick succession.
With the blinds at 20k 40k (Small Bet 40k; Big Bet 80k) even the big stacks can find themselves in peril following a few lost pots in a row - there isn't much room for manoeuvre out there.
There is a quiet intensity pervading the players at this final right now. They are focused on playing their best game and with such illustrious opponents and precarious blinds they would be well advised to do so.
Here's the news from the last hour.
Sweet Smell of Six-es (Chad Brown - 8th)
The chunky blinds only serve to increase variance and Chad Brown is the perfect example of the devastating effect they can have.
Having come into the final as one of the chip leaders, he is first to bust and it was the smartly-attired Bill Chen who did the damage. Limit Hold'em was the battle ground and the last of Brown's chips went in on the turn of a T♥ 5♣ 4♠ 2♥ board holding J♥ 8♥ for a flush draw.
Incredibly he didn't actually need to hit his flush to win as Chen just had seven-high with 7♠ 6♣ for the straight draw but when the river fell the 6♦ to give Chen the only pair, his hand was best and Chad Brown was gone in 8th spot, collecting $29,406 for his performance.
At least he has Vanessa Rousso to go home to - perhaps explaining Brown's ubiquitous smile and perpetual good mood throughout the final - even when the chips were down.
Well played sir.
BS, Mr Hahn Man (7th)
Whether "Enter the Dragon" quotes are apt for a HORSE final table is a debate for another day, but what is certain is that Albert Hahn got caught in a nasty Lisandro/ Ivey sandwich and before he knew it he was devoured.
He'd been short for some time, and fired the last of his chips in, being called by both Lisandro and Ivey. The A♦ 2♠ 5♠ 8♦ Q♣ board gave Ivey's K-K-7-4 the winning low and Lisandro's A-8-8-4 the winning high (seven-low and set of eights respectively.)
Mr Hahn could better neither hand so left to a quiet round of applause - $38,391 his reward for his endeavours.
Baker Burned (6th)
Good game Mr Baker.
Who knows why he chose to take on Ivey but he did, firing all his chips in preflop and running his A♦ K♠ 6♥ 5♦ against Ivey's A♣ K♥ Q♣ 2♠.
Juanda was in the pot briefly, although folded to Ivey's bet on the turn of a Q♦ 9♥ 6♦ 9♣ board, Ivey's queens-up too good for Baker and when the river blanked, his day was done, collecting $50,871 for his troubles.
Five handed now Bill Chen is the man, having over double second place, and given his strong analytical skills the math whiz will be hard to displace from the top of the leaderboard we feel.
Here are the counts, courtesy of worldseriesofpoker.com.
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