Blinds: 20,000-40,000 w/5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8
The player with the most fluctuation in their chip stack at the Event 23 final table is Brian Altman. Altman has been up and down the whole time but is in a relatively good place after coming into Day 2 with only 17,000. Clayton Jiang took down a sizable pot against Altman but Altman was able to gain those chips right back through Barry Hutter.
Jiang raised on the button and Altman called out of the big blind to see a A♦Q♠J♠ flop. Altman checked and then called a bet of 70,000 from Jiang. Altman repeated the same action for 180,000 on the 4♠ turn and then checked the 10♠ river. Jiang bet enough to put Altman all-in for 480,000 and Altman squirmed in his seat trying to decide for his tournament life. Altman ended up folding to the pressure and Jiang took in the chips to move up to 1,245,000.
The very next hand, Altman shoved from the small blind with K♣8♣ and was called by Hutter’s A♠3♥ in the big blind. The Q♣8♠4♥4♠10♠ board paired Altman and he doubled up. Hutter is down to 1,700,000 and is near even with Ben Ector for the chip lead.