Hassett eliminated; Hachem takes chip lead
Pete Hassett becomes the second player eliminated from the final table. He called Joseph Hachem's all-in move after Dutch Boyd raised $24,000 preflop. Boyd folded and Hassett showed K♦ Q♥, while Hachem turned over A♥ J♥. The board came A♠ 8♠ 2♦ 7♠ 5♠ and Hassett was eliminated in fifth place. He'll take home $91,917.
Meanwhile, Joseph Hachem has been taking pots left and right, and has taken over the chip lead from Dutch Boyd. Hachem's big move came when he doubled up at Boyd's expense after raising $22,000 from under the gun and having Boyd call from the big blind. The flop came A♣ Q♣ 3♠, and after a round of betting Hachem pushed all-in to be immediately called by Boyd, who showed A♠ 5♣ to Hachem's A♥ 8♣. The turn came 4♠ and the river 6♣, and Joe Hachem doubled up.
A few minutes later, Hachem took the chip lead, this time by going all-in preflop against Boyd. Hachem's Ah Qc gave him the advantage over Boyd's Ks Qh, and the board came 9d 6c 4h Jc As, doubling Hachem once again in what might be the turning point of this final table.
Chip counts are now as follows: Hachem: $1,146,000; Boyd: $691,000; Jeff Knight: $155,000; Michael Goodman: $87,000. Stay tuned as this promises to be a battle of the titans.
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