Well, as promised the action has picked up. Unfortunately, all of the action has claimed the lives of the two most popular players left at the table. Both Phil Hellmuth and Mandy Thomas went out one after the other.
In other news, John Gottlieb is running away with this thing! He has almost 2 million in chips while second place Steve Jelinek barely has a third as many.
Let's have a look at the two eliminations that happened this round.
First it was Phil "The Poker Brat" Hellmuth's turn.
He raised and then was reraised by John Gottlieb. Hellmuth called for the last of his chips and turned up A♠ T♥ 3♣ 2♥. He had been dodging bullets all tournament and he was up against them yet again; Gottlieb turned over A♥ A♦ Q♥ 8♣.
The Q♣ 9♥ 7♠ was not what Hellmuth was looking for, though he still had a chance to take half should two low cards come.
"Keep it big dealer," pleaded Gottlieb. The dealer obliged and turned over the T♣. It was a little bit of help for Hellmuth, but needing to make trips or two pair, the 9♦ did neither.
Hellmuth's seventh place finish will pay $30,633 his 78th (yes 78th!!!) WSOP cash.
Most of the crowd vanished almost as quickly as Hellmuth did. The stands were packed with spectators hoping to catch a glimpse of Phil and now that he's gone it's mostly just friends and family of the players left. Mandy Thomas has a little cheering section of her own.
At first glance, Mandy Thomas might seem like a mom, a housewife, a weekend penny ante poker player. Things aren't always what they appear.
Well, she is a mother of four, and a housewife, but she doesn't have time for penny games. She's busy cleaning up at the $150/$300 and up Omaha Eight or Better games on PokerStars.
She's amassed several hundred thousands of dollars in online and live tournament cashes and even has a WSOP Circuit event bracelet to her name (1998 Seven Card Stud Ladies Event).
Tonight she had a chance to win her first bracelet in an open event as well as be the first woman to do so this year but unfortunately, it wasn't in the cards.
Thomas, who plays as "Roxy24" on PokerStars, proved she was a tough nut to crack today. She survived all in after all in and her stack fluctuated up and down but she never lost her cool. The last hand came against Ben Lamb.
Thomas raised when it folded to her and Lamb three bet the pot to put her all in. Thomas called and turned over J♠ 8♠ 3♦ 2♦.
"I like your hand," she said after seeing Lamb's A♠ 7♦ 5♦ 3♥.
The 6♦ 2♠ K♥ came out on the flop.
"Four of diamonds," Thomas asked quietly perhaps looking for the runner, runner straight flush.
Instead the dealer put out the J♦ followed by the A♦. While it made Thomas a flush, Lamb's was better and while it also made Thomas a low, well you know the rest.
Thomas did really well to make it all the way to sixth place considering how many times she was in peril.
"I don't know how much I won, but it's OK. Maybe I should have waited one more hand but I was too short to play tight!" she told one of her friends on the way out. Well, we're sure she knows by now, but she took down $40,169.
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