Alex Cordero raised from the hijack seat and got a caller in Andrea Tropea from the big blind. When checked to after the flop, Cordero fired and Tropea called. The turn brought the and bet of 70,000 from Tropea, which Cordero promptly raised to 195,000. After tanking for some time, Tropea called.
The river then brought the and a check from Tropea. Cordero bet 225,000 this time, and Tropea took about three minutes to consider what to do. Finally he called, tabling . Cordero showed his , somewhat amazed he had been called and yet still had the best hand.
"I was three-barrelling," he said. "I thought you had kings!"
That one knocks Tropea down to short-stacked status, while Cordero continues to increase his lead over the field.
Evan Orman was just getting up out of his chair to head to the payout desk when we arrived. All of Orman's chips were in the middle on a board reading . Orman had the in front of him for a pair of aces. His lone opponent, Sebastien Comel, held the for a set of eights, which was good enough to send Orman to the rail.
Comel is up to 950,000 following the knockout.
In the hand that would cripple him, Erik Hellman opened to 33,000 from the hijack seat and action folded around to Fernando Suaya in the big blind, who made the call.
Both players checked the flop.
When the fell on the turn, Suaya check-called a 33,000 bet from Hellman.
The completed the board and this time, Suaya announced he was all in for his last 211,000. Hellman fell into the tank, but eventually called after much deliberation. Suaya tabled for a rivered flush and Hellman mucked.
Shortly thereafter, Hellman open pushed all in for his last 55,000 and action folded around to Evan Orman, who went all in himself. Everyone else got out of the way and hands were revealed.
The board failed to improve Hellman's hand and he was eliminated.
Three-way action before the flop resulted in Sohale Khalili all in versus Alex Cordero, with Andrea Tropea having stepped aside in the face of the reraising.
Khalili had and Cordero and when the board came , then , then , the table reacted with an "ohhhh" at the sight of the fourth heart on board. Cordero had made a flush, and Khalili was out in 29th.
Tropea shook his head and smiled, saying he'd folded pocket jacks. "Nice hand," he told Cordero, who was shaking his head, too, saying "it just played itself out."
Cordero increases his chip lead with that one, while Tropea is sitting wondering what might have been.
A wild and woolly first two levels saw 22 players hit the rail. Just 29 remain. Here's a peek at the top of the leaderboard to begin Level 22:
1. Alex Cordero — 1,350,000
2. Yoav Tenenbaum — 1,180,000
3. Daniel Eichhorn — 940,000
4. Aditya Agarwal — 784,000
5. Randolph Lanosga — 730,000
6. Sebastien Comel — 685,000
7. Iakov Onuchin — 645,000
8. Joshua Prager — 640,000
9. Frankie Johnson — 620,000
10. Todor Plaseski — 620,000
Posted 2012-07-07 GMT-6
Our remaining players are now on a 20-minute break.
A short-stacked Thomas Fuller open-pushed all in from the button and was called by Franklin Johnson directly behind him in the small blind. Everyone else folded and hands were revealed.
The board ran out , which failed to improve Fuller's hand and sent him to the rail.
We caught up on a completed board reading . Fernando Suaya had a large stack of green chips in front of him from the big blind, which was a bet large enough to put Harald Olsen all in. Olsen, who was in the cutoff, tanked for some time, but eventually said, "Alright, I call." Suaya then tabled for a bluff and Olsen flipped over for just a pair of treys, which was good enough to scoop the pot. Many of Olsen's tablemates congratulated him on his good call.
Olsen is now up to 250,000, while Suaya is sitting on 740,000.
Jake Cody's table is currently buzzing following the elimination of the player whom all still left in the tourney appear to agree was the toughest opponent left. They are congratulating Daniel Eichhorn, too, for having done the deed.
Down to 154,000, Cody had shoved with and Eichhorn was there to challenge with . The board brought no improvement to Cody's hand and he was eliminated. Meanwhile Eichhorn appears to have grabbed the chip lead for the moment with 33 left.
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