6:40pm: Ten-minute break
6:30pm: Three pair no good
Anthony Aston opened with a raise and Mat Carlsson defended his big blind to see a flop of Q♦Q♥7♣. Carlsson checked to Aston who continuation-bet for 100,000. Carlsson asked for a count of his opponent’s stack before making the call as the 8♥ hit the turn.
Carlsson checked again and Aston released another barrel worth 183,000. Carlsson again called before both players quickly tapped the table on the 9♠ river.
Carlsson opened 8♣7♥ for three pair, but only two would count as Aston showed 9♣10♣ for a better two pair to take it down. Carlsson slips to 1.7 million with Aston at 1.1 million.
6:20pm: Curtis doubles to end the hot run of Carlsson
Jon Curtis moved all in for 384,000 from the cutoff and again Mat Carlsson insta-called, and again he opened pocket kings! Perhaps he forgot to give the cards back after the previous hand!
Curtis showed A♥Q♠ but caught an ace from space when the board arrived 6♦2♣7♥5♥A♠. A rare loss for Carlsson and a rare win for Curtis as he looks to get himself back into this contest with a stack of around 800,000.
6:15pm: David Lloyd eliminated in 5th place
David Lloyd moved all in from early position for around 300,000 and play folded around to Mat Carlsson in the big blind who snap-called and tabled K♥K♣ for another big pair. Lloyd gave a wry smile and showed K♠Q♠.
The flop gave Lloyd a gutterball but ultimately the 9♣10♣5♠8♥2♠ board left him heading for the cashier to pick up $17,050 for his 5th place finish.
6:00pm: Didier Guerin eliminated in 6th place
Didier Guerin was getting short when he shoved all in with K♣10♣ but unfortunately his timing was astray as the aces were passed around the table to Mat Carlsson who made the call with his A♣A♥.
Guerin cracked kings late yesterday but couldn’t get there today as the board ran out 7♥J♦3♠2♦6♣. Guerin picks up $13,950 for his 6th place as Carlsson is now back in control with a stack in excess of two million.
5:50pm: A battle of the Anthonys
Anthony Marenko opened with a raise from the button before Anthony Aston moved all in from the small blind. Marenko insta-called and stood from his chair as he opened A♦A♣. Aston was a little stiff to run into such a monster with his A♠K♠.
Aston has outs to a chop on the river, but the 5♠3♦Q♦4♥J♦ board left Marenko to double up to 1.25 million. Aston slips to about the same amount.
5:40pm: Level up, blinds 15,000-30,000, ante 4,000
5:30pm: Carlsson cuts Guerin
Didier Guerin opened with a raise to 50,000 and found calls in the blinds from Mat Carlsson and David Lloyd. The three took a flop of 2♠A♣J♥ and action checked around. The turn brought the Q♥ and Carlsson led out for 78,000. Lloyd folded but Guerin made the call.
The river was a repeat Q♠ and Carlsson checked to Guerin who slid out a bet of 201,000. Carlsson took a moment to consider his decision before announcing “call”.
Guerin cringed as he knew his J♦10♣ was no good as Carlsson took it down with A♦7♦. Carlsson is up to 2 million to be back in the lead, with Guerin short on 320,000.
5:15pm: Aston builds a bigger house
Anthony Aston has won a monstrous pot in a bit of a cooler hand against Anthony Marenko to double through.
David Lloyd opened to 65,000 before Marenko three-bet to 120,000. Aston over-called and Lloyd came along to see an interesting J♥A♠A♣ flop fall. Lloyd checked and Marenko slid out 160,000. Aston called once again as Lloyd escaped before the 8♦ appeared on the turn.
Marenko checked and Aston deliberated before betting 222,000 with around 300,000 more behind. It was Marenko’s turn to tank before he slid out 600,000 to put his opponent all in. Aston waved his arms and immediately announced a call, opening J♠J♣ for a full house. Marenko couldn’t believe it, as his 8♥8♠ left him with just one out.
It wasn’t to be, as the 6♥ rolled off to see Aston double to 1.7 million with Marenko slipping to 700,000.
4:55pm: Carlsson showing the skillz
Mat Carlsson has turned up the heat following the break with some aggressive play leading to a couple of nice pots.
The latest one was preflop with a cold four-bet from the big blind. Anthony Marenko opened with a raise before Anthony Aston three-bet to 122,000 in the cutoff. Action folded to Carlsson in the big blind and he four-bet to another 177,000 on top. Marenko quickly folded with Aston thinking for a moment before also releasing.
Carlsson is now up to 1.75 million and looking strong.
4:40pm: Play resumes
The six remaining players are back in action with Anthony Marenko holding the chip lead with over 1.5 million. Didier Guerin finds himself now on the short stack for the first time all tournament, but he still has a little over 25 big blinds.