Event 53: $800 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Max $800,000 Guarantee
Total Entrants: 1,507
Players Remaining: 8
Rick Block had an adventurous ride to the 8-Max final table. Block was down to one big blind with two tables remaining but rallied back to make the final nine with a respectable stack. The increase to Level 30 hindered Block’s chances and he is the first player out.
Andrei Konopelko opened to 275,000 in the cutoff and Block pushed from the big blind for about 1,100,000. Konopelko called with 9♣9♠ and was in a flip against the K♣J♦ of Block. The 8♦7♣7♠ flop was no good for Block but the J♥ turn paired him up. Still alive to hit a 10 or a nine, Konopelko did just that on the 10♦ river as he made his straight.
Block’s rail let out a collective sigh as the river card hit and he takes home over $14,000. Konopelko is the new final table chip leader with 4,950,000.