Event 53: $800 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Max $800,000 Guarantee
Total Entrants: 1,507
Players Remaining: 3
Chip Average: 7,535,000
Justin Liberto and his short stack rocketed up the pay ladder following his double through Viliyan Petleshkov late in Level 31. The two eliminations at the start of Level 32 earned him close to $30,000 but Darlene Lee made sure Liberto would advance no further.
Lee opened to 325,000 under the gun and Neil Patel called on the button. Liberto put it in for 1,700,000 from the small blind and Lee called him with A♣A♦. Patel folded and Liberto chuckled as he rolled over K♣K♠. The Q♣8♣3♦10♠J♥ board was all Lee and Liberto went to collect his $57,778 prize.
Three-handed play starts with all three players close to even with one another as no player has more or less than 6-8,000,000.