The atmosphere remains charged here as the supporters holler and chant at their boys, who are contrastingly unmoved at the felt.
The early stages have been the Nasr El Nasr and Peter Traply show as the two former EPT final tablists showcase their three-betting skills and levels of aggression. Then the two-way traffic was halted in a series of dramatic hands.
Read on for more details.
Peter Lays the Trap-ly
Traply pops it up from the button and is called by Maxim Lykov in the big blind.
The flop fell 9♠ 7♦ 4♦ and both players checked behind.
The turn 6♠ drew a 100k bet from Traply, which Lykov calls.
#img: peter-traply_30826.jpg:left: EPT Grand Finalist Peter Traply still in contention. #
The river 8♠ prompted Lykov to bet out 135k and Traply now bowed his head, deep in thought. His boisterous fans on the rail chewed their nails but needn't have worried as Traply was presumably just debating whether to raise or not as he called and flipped up 5♣ 4♥ for the straight, cautiously played because of the potential spade flush out there.
Lykov meanwhile showed he was on a flush draw, but the diamond draw, his bet a desperate stab at the pot, having whiffed the turn and river with his K♦ 3♦.
Nasr Launches into Space!
Nasr El Nasr really has been laying the aggression on thick over the last hour, this hand a great example of the manner in which he has been playing.
He limped in to see a flop of K♠ J♠ T♣, leading out for 25k. Maxim Lykov now decided to put an end to Nasr's relentless aggression, popping it up to 75k.
However, a good lag knows when he is being toyed with and Nasr now reached deep into his stack, re-raising another 175k!
Lykov could do little but shrug and fold as yet another pot went to the German who was starting to dominate this tournament.
#img: nasr-el-nasr_27335.jpg:right: Well, that flop sure sucked! #
Nasr Rockets Explodes!
Then this dramatic hand happened!
Andrew Lichtenberger raised to 60k from UTG and once again Nasr sprang into action, re-popping to 175k on the button.
Lichtenberger was in no mood to lay down, pushing all-in, only for Nasr to make a snap-call...with pocket rockets!
A sheepish Lichtenberger could only table T♦ 9♦ in return -leading the German supporters on the rail to cheer noisily as they prepared for their man to deliver the first elimination.
Nasr however must have cringed as the board fell almost as badly as it possibly could, coming 9♥ 7♦ 6♦ giving Lichtenberger top pair, a gutshot and a flush draw!
He's picked up myriad outs to crack Nasr's aces and when the T♣ came on the turn and the river bricked to complete the outdraw, Nasr was in trouble, his supporters were silenced and an ecstatic Lichtenberger was sweeping up a huge pot!
Nasr's Space Race Ended (5th)
It was all over for Nasr shortly afterward. His fall from grace has been dramatic and as he went for a quick double-through with pocket threes, he ran smack into Peter Traply's pocket eights.
No improvement and the unlucky German sees his day done in 5th, collecting $82,697 for his performance.
It's all gone, Wong (4th)
No sooner had Nasr had his marching orders than we were three-handed!
Danny Wong has had a pretty unsuccessful day so far, seeing his chip stack dip well below its starting point.
#img: andrew-lichtenberger_31957.jpg:left: Aces-cracker, aces-smacker! #
Unperturbed by this, he raised it up to 72k on the button and Andrew Lichtenberger flat-called.
The flop fell T♦ 2♠ 2♣, Wong led for 220k and Lichtenberger again flat-called.
Come the 7♣ turn, Wong shipped it all-in, only for Lichtenberger to make a snap-call with a sneakily played pair of aces!
Wong could only showdown A♦ T♣ for top pair and when the river wasn't a ten, he was out, eliminated in 4th spot, collecting $105,609.
What a dramatic level! The players are on a 20 minute break but cllick through to our chip counts to see how the leaderboard will stack up on their return (counts courtesy of worldseriesofpoker.com.)
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