Event 56: Mike Eskandari Shows A Bluff, Last Level Of The Night Arrives

Event 56: $1,600 No-Limit Hold’em $2,000,000 Guarantee 

Level 24
Blinds: 12,000/24,000/4,000
Total Entrants: 2,216
Players Remaining: 47
Chip Average: 943,000


Mike Eskandari starts Level 24 with the chip lead amidst a packed leaderboard.

The last level for the 47 remaining players in Event 56 is here. Less than 60 minutes separates the eventual survivors from a Day 3 berth and a chance to walk out of the Venetian tomorrow $487,952. Currently, the player with the best chance to that is Mike Eskandari, who is playing 1,900,000 after bluffing in a multi-way pot at the end of Level 23.

Justin Liberto opened from early position and Eskandari flatted on his direct left. Robert Hankins called in the hijack and Coultas bumped it up to 145,000 in the cutoff. All players except Hankins called and the flop came out A♠52♠ and Liberto checked. Eskandari fired out 175,000 and his two opponents quickly relinquished. Eskandari showed 8♣7♣ and is, for now, the chip leader.

A lot can happen before the bags come out and we’ll see who the end of day chip leader is soon enough. A look at the current big stacks is below.

Mike Eskandari – 1,900,000
Brad Coultas – 1,760,000
Noah Vaillancourt  – 1,705,000
Rob Salaburu – 1,600,000
Harsukhpaul Sangha – 1,540,000
John Sun – 1,400,000
Matt Yorra – 1,350,000
Doug Lee – 1,320,000
Lander Lijo – 1,300,0000
Martin Finger – 1,250,000
Adam Geyer – 1,205,000
Matthias Eibinger – 1,200,000
Patrick Serda – 1,200,000

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