Event 56: $1,600 No-Limit Hold’em $2,000,000 Guarantee
Total Entrants: 2,216
Players Remaining: 12
Chip Average: 3,690,000
The eliminations have come in bursts on Day 3 and with the final table on the brink, two just took place at the same exact time.
The first was an all-in preflop move from Robert Laurie. Laurie peaked with three tables remaining but gradually bled out at his new table. With under 15 big blinds in front of him, Laurie made a move but Robert Salaburu had him one better. Laurie shoved for 1,450,000 in early position with 8♣8♥ and Salaburu woke up with 10♣10♠. The Q♦7♣3♥A♦J♣ board was friendly for Salaburu and he took the pot. He is now second in chips with 7,100,000.
The only person in front of Salaburu is Harsukhpaul Sangha, who eliminated Noah Vaillancourt to put himself up to 10,300,000. Sangha opened for a standard raise in the hijack and Vaillancourt three-bet to about 480,000 in the big blind. Sangha called and the flop came out K♠8♥4♥. Vaillancourt bet 385,000 and Sangha raised to 1,215,000. After thinking it over for a few minutes, Vaillancourt moved all-in for nearly 2,000,000 total and Sangha called with A♥9♥. His draw trailed the K♣2♥ of Vaillancourt but the 10♥ turn gave him the pot.
Both Laurie and Vaillancourt earn $31,350 for their finish and the remaining 12 players get a $8,000 pay jump. Mo Arani (1,700,000) and Eric Vallee (1,100,000) are the two short stacks on either table.