With a transfixed rail watching on, the last hour has witnessed three more bustouts as the final table draws ever closer.
Somehow, Todd Brunson is still hanging on for dear life, despite remaining the shortstack. Here's the top stories from the felt.
Sheikh Baked (12th)
Known online as Ozzy 87, Aurangzeb Sheikh has been banished to the rail at the hands of Joe Serock and it was the Razz poker variant that caused his demise.
He went for a required double-through with 2♠ 5♥ 7♣ in the hole, putting most of his chips in good versus Serock's A♠ 8♥ 4♦.
With four streets to come though, anything was possible and by the time seventh had rolled off, Serock had an 8-low whilst the Sheikh could only manage a queen-low.
That was it for him, bounced out in 12th and sent packing to continue his pwnage online.
Serock Chiu'd Up! (11th)
Joseph "I'm not Joe Sebok" Serock was eliminated moments ago when his last few chips went into the middle with ace-three, only to be beaten by David Chiu's ace-four when chiu made a pair of fours.
#img: joseph-serock_31267.jpg:left: Serock blocked! #
However the damage to Serock's stack was done in a hand just prior to this where he called turn and river of a J♥ 6♥ 3♥ 4♣ 5♣ board for most of his chips with what appeared to be ace-four for fourth pair.
Presumably he thought his opponent James Van Alstyne either had it all, or nothing, but when Van Alstyne turned up with Q♥ 9♥ for the flush, he discovered he had picked the wrong one and his demise came shortly afterward as he picked up $34,958 for 11th.
Serok looked dazed and confused at his elimination, looking round aimlessly with his sole possession - a plastic carton of fruit - gripped in his hand like a comfort blanket.
The Roman Empire Crumbles (10th)
Roman Yitzhaki has succumbed in the Hold'em limit section, his jacks being cruelly coolered by cool-as-a-cucumber Huck Seed's pocket rockets.
That elimination, which saw Yitzhaki collect $42,818, brings us down to nine players, who have been consolidated onto a single table, where one player will have to sit out the 8-max stud variant and three will have to sit out the triple-draw.
Counting the Cost
Here are the chip standings of those final nine, courtesy of worldseriesofpoker.com. Thanks guys, it's appreciated!
|Scott Dorin ||1,130,000 |
|Huck Seed ||900,000|
|James Van Alstyne ||579,000 |
|Ville Wahlbeck ||485,000 |
|Allie Prescott ||350,000 |
|Mike Wattel ||340,000|
|Mark Gregorich ||271,500 |
|David Chiu ||247,000 |
| Todd Brunson||143,000|
The players are now on a 75-minute break for dinner to grab some nourishment. We will be back in just over an hour for the resumption of play.
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