Play in the Main Event has been paused for the day as the end of level 30 has come and gone and players have bagged up their chips to return to play tomorrow at 12:00pm for Day 4. There are 21 players remaining, which means there will be a seating redraw to start play tomorrow, and then another one at 16 players remaining and another for the final table.
The final level of the night saw some fireworks as the chip leader at the last break, Chen Turjeman, was eliminated in a wild hand. We weren’t able to get all of the details, but this is the hand history in ts essentials:
Walide Zazouh has been making his mark on the entire tournament with his high level of excitement. In the hand, he chose to limp (120K) from early position and it folded around to Chen, who raised to 720. Action was back on Walide, who said, “a million more” but followed this with a question “can I make it a million”. The initial declaration was non-standard but absolutely clear, and the floor confirmed that his raise was to 1.720M. Back to Chen… all in for just over 3M in chips. Walide made the call.
Improbably enough, the flop came King-Trey-Deuce (we don’t have the suits) – Chen took the lead! But the turn put Walide back in front – and elicited a loud response from the young supposed first-timer! The river King sealed it – Walide was up over 9M while Chen was sent to the desk to get his payout coupon.
The chip leader to end the day is none other than Nathan Hall, the winner of the partypoker LIVE Dollars $50K Last Longer. When he won the prize, he was visibly relieved and stated openly that the promo was seriously affecting his game. After booking that victory, he told us later that he was able to open up his range considerably and play in a manner that was much more comfortable to him – and the 11,690,000 chips he finished the night with are evidence that he was speaking the truth.
Play resumes at 12:00pm on September 3rd here in the Tournament Hall at Playground Poker Club, and play will continue until there is a Champion in the event.