- Big Stax XXII 500 Main Event 3:00 AM
- Level 32 (100000/200000/25000)
- Total Entries: 1445
- Players Left: 5
- Next Payout: $27,661
Kyle Merron managed to chip up from ~3.5M to ~6.5M without a showdown. He got it started by 3-betting all-in from the small blind against Zemel’s button open. Merron then did the same thing to Sam Batra from the small blind when Batra opened from under the gun. The last hand he won was after defending his big blind against Shankar Pillai’s under the gun open. After the flop went check/check, Merron led out and took down the pot.
Sam Batra could have easily busted the tournament but instead got away with a small pot against Shankar Pillai. Batra opened under the gun to 900k, an unusual bet-size which caused Pillai to just defend his big blind. The board ran out 5x8x9xTxQx and there was only a bet from Pillai on the turn and a call which kept the pot fairly small. The showdown revealed that Batra held AxKx and Pillai held QxQx and all of the chips could have easily gone in preflop.
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