The clock is running once again after Neil Patel picked up AxAx against Aaron Mermelsteins QxQx all-in preflop. Mermelstein spiked a Queen on the flop and eliminated Patel who started the hand with ~300k.
After that, there were three very quick eliminations and the Final Table has already been reached.
The field is now on the money bubble and will be playing hand for hand until there is one more elimination. Next level is coming up and play will resume after the 15-minute break. Here are the full counts:
First, Neal Gay hit the rail after getting it in against Tsinis Arkadiy on a board of 4♦5♦10♥6♦. Gay held A♦Q♥ against Arkadiy’s K♦K♣ and the river was a 6♠ which was no help for Gay. He goes out in 17th.
Meanwhile, Abe Faroni was just at risk in back to back hands and ends up getting one full double.
First, Ryan McKnight opened the cutoff to 36k and was flatted by Ron Sims on the button. Faroni moved all in for 218k total and was called by McKnight. Sims thought for awhile before folding an Ace which he would soon regret.
McKnight K♦Q♣ vs Faroni Q♦J♦
Faroni ends up chopping after the board pairs on the river and adds a very small amount to his stack. On the very next hand, Faroni moved all-in from the button and was called by Julian Sacks in the small blind.
Faroni 9♥9♠ vs Sacks A♥K♥
Faroni flopped a set but still had to sweat after Sacks improved on the turn. However, the river bricked and Faroni gets a full double and is now at ~600k after the back to back all-ins.
During Level 20, Sims was down to just 17k in his stack after running his trips into a trips with a better kicker and getting crippled in the process. However, he went on a massive run and now has ~1.5M and is among the leaders as the money bubble approaches.
Sims has just $24k in live earnings but recently played the WPT Borgata Main Event giving him some experience in a large buy-in event. He cashed, finished 88th for $7,175, which became his career best score. Advancing just a couple spots into the Final Table in the 2500 will secure him a new career best and potentially a shot at his first major tournament score.
Neal Gay moved all-in from the button for over 25 big blinds, ~256k and was called by Brandon Vaysman in the small blind. Ron Sims folded his big blind after struggling over the decision for a minute and they would be heads-up with Gay at risk.
Gay K♣10♦ vs Vaysman 8♥8♦ Pot: ~530k
Gay flips well and is rewarded with an average stack after his large open-shove. Vaysman is left with ~780k.