The players are now on a 20-minute break.
David Benyamine was just all in for his tourney life, having committed his last 11,575 before the flop with and hoping for his small pair to hold versus an opponent's . The community cards came , and Benyamine managed to survive. He's now at about 25,000.
When we reached the table the flop had fallen . Jason Mercier was heads up with an opponent who checked, and Mercier tossed out 2,700. His opponent called.
Both players checked the on the turn, and after the rivered Mercier's opponent led for 6,000. Mercier screwed up his face, tanked for thirty seconds, and folded his hand.
When we arrived at the table, Shaun Deeb had the button and 2,725 sitting in front of him, and his neighbor in the small blind had all of his stack -- 17,200 -- in front of him. Deeb was standing up and rubbing his chin, deep in thought over whether or not to call. Finally he dropped a stack of yellow chips out in front. His opponent tabled , and Deeb winced at the sight as he showed his .
The board came , and the better hand preflop had held. Deeb still has about 40,000.
Ryan Fair was involved in a pot against one other opponent. We caught action on the river with the board showing .
Fair bet 9,475 into a pot of over 15,000. His opponent tanked for awhile before making the call.
Fair turned over for a flopped full house to take down the pot. He now sits with around 75,000 in chips.
Eugene Katchalov opened to 1,000 from middle position, a player in the cutoff three-bet to 2,300, Katchalov four-bet shoved for 7,000, and his opponent called.
Katchalov was dominated, and couldn't catch up as the board ran .
A player in the cutoff opened to 1,050, another player on the button three-bet to 3,000, Michael Mizrachi four-bet to 8,150 from the small blind, and Vanessa Selbst five-bet to 16,300 from the big blind. Only Mizrachi called, and the dealer fanned . Mizrachi checked, and Selbst bet enough to put Mizrachi all in.
The Grinder tanked for a bit before eventually calling, turning over . Selbst opened up , and needed an ace or a queen to secure the knockout. The turn and rive came , respectively, and The Grinder doubled to 80,000 chips.
Selbst was steaming, and is left with less than 30,000 chips.
The board showed . There was 18,000 in the middle. A short-stacked player in the big blind shoved all in for 9,975, prompting a fold from his neighbor sitting to his left. That just left Phil Hellmuth on the button, who brooded a bit before folding his face up.
The player in the big blind couldn't resist the opportunity, turning over his . Hellmuth looked over at his opponent's hand, smiled graciously, and complimented him for an inspired and well-timed bit of trickery.
Okay, perhaps it went a little differently there at the end. We'll let you elaborate on the theme yourself, delivered to us here by our intrepid reporter thusly: "Phil gives him crap for the bluff."
Hellmuth now has about 45,000.
"Hey!" Mclean Karr shouted to one of our live reporters on the floor. "Who's the chip leader?"
We told him that, at the moment, it appears as if Randy Dorfman is in the lead with 115,000.
"I have one-thirty," he responded.
Indeed he does, making him our new, unofficial chip leader.