The German fans in the crowd are doing a lot to up the excitement level at the final table. They may also be helping the players loosen up a bit as well.
Cloutier Takes Control
Eric Cloutier was starting to get a little low on chips and he seized the opportunity to make something happen while he still had a stack large enough to inflict some damage.
Over a stretch of ten hands, Cloutier moved all in over a raise about 5 times taking it down each time. The result? A 350,000 boost to his stack. He's now back in it.
Seizing an opportunity of his own, David "Bakes" Baker moved all in preflop from the button. John Juanda folded and it was up to George Danzer in the big blind. He folded.
"Bakes is awesome, in his stupid dreams... Bakes is awesome in his stupid dreams!" shouted the Germans inducing a laugh from everyone within earshot, including Bakes.
A few minutes later, it would be Bakes having a laugh.
Doug Booth open shoved for a little less than 400,000 from the button. David Baker flat called from the small blind and it was up to John Juanda in the big who tanked it.
"You are all in right?" Juanda asked Booth who replied with a nod.
"And you're all in too?" he asked Bakes who gave the same reply.
"Hmmmmm... Wow," Juanda said as he leaned back in his chair.
Juanda reluctantly folded his hand and was shocked to see both of the players draw a card.
"I folded a pat ten," Juanda said.
Baker turned over 8-5-3-2 while Booth tabled his 9-7-6-3.
"I'll show first," Baker said as the dealer burned and gave him the 9♥ to make him a 9-8.
Booth looked down and squeezed his card like he was expecting juice to come out of it. Unfortunately for him, he didn't like what he saw and just threw his hand in the muck.
"Wow, you would have beat me. That would have been so brutal," Juanda said as he exhaled a sigh of relief.
Booth will get $55,483 for his three days of deuciness.
The players headed off to break and we bet George Danzer is wishing he had left one hand early. Instead he stuck around and made it 65k to go from under the gun. It folded to John Juanda who shoved all in for a tad over half a million from the big blind.
Juanda took a card but Danzer stood pat and showed his T-9. Juanda drew and 8, which went along quite nicely with the 7-5-4-3 he held.
With that hand Juanda rocketed to the chip lead with over a million while Danzer and his fans are going to have to regroup.