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|Slepe stave||600,000 / 1,200,000|
Roger Stewart took his shot at rebuilding a stack, moving in preflop with what turned out to be . Ali Zihni made the call with but paid out when Stewart hit what was called affectionately by someone at the table "the NutterButters" on the turn of a board.
Chip leader for two straight days, Howard Mash is not used to seeing his count fall down the rankings. Having dropped as low as sixth in chips today, he's restored his fortunes lately, in part through winning a large pot against Roger Stewart. The biggest bet (over 2.2 million) was on the river, the board out: .
Only Mash's hand was face-up: the for the wheel straight. This ace on the river had clearly hit Stewart, as Mash was telling him, "That ace was a bad card for you." Stewart, aware of this, has dropped into the danger zone with just over a million chips left.
Ali Zihni raised to 475,000 in the cutoff and it folded round to big blind Mansour Alipourfard, who made it 1,600,000 to go. Zihni regarded Alipourfard's remaining stack, confirmed it was arranged in mini stacks of ten chips totalling around 3,200,000, and considered his options. He ended up folding his hand.
"It was shove or fold," said Zihni.
"You have to shove," said Alipourfard, not strictly accurately.
"I wasn't sure which to do so I passed," admitted Zihni.
Dennis Brand opened on the button, James McNurlan reraised from the small blind, and Brand went over the top for the rest of what was an 11-million chip stack at the beginning of the hand. Put to the test, McNurlan made the call and the biggest pot of the tournament unfolded.
McNurlan passed the test with flying colors in this huge spot, and his ace-king held up on the runout. McNurlan is now the chip leader at 24.8 million chips.
Roger Stewart doubled to 5,200,000 through Mansour Alipourfard ( vs. on a board) and seconds later called an all-in from Samir Husaynue, who as the shortest stack has been picking spots to move in and keeping one eye fixed on the counts of the others likely to be doing similarly.
In a mirror image of the previous hand, Husaynue's pocket eights stayed ahead of Stewart's overcards () as the board ran out . Husaynue doubles to 4,000,000.
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Jean-René Fontaine has proven time and again that he's not afraid to put his chips in the middle, whether short or wielding one of the largest stacks in the room. When Adam Richardson opened for 375,000 in the cutoff, he announced, "All in," which covered Richardson's 12,000,000 or so. This all-or-nothing bet against another very hefty stack gave Richardson pause.
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