Event 67: $3,500 No-Limit Hold’em $3,000,000 Guarantee
Total Entrants: 1,032
Players Remaining: 84
Average Stack: 279,000
The start of day chip leader Georgios Karakousis has been trending near the top of the leaderboard for most of Day 2 and he is once again back on top after taking Craig Varnell to move to 1,450,000.
Varnell opened in the cutoff and Ray Qartomy called on the button. Karakousis three-bet from the big blind and Varnell called. The flop came out Q♥8♦8♥ and Karakousis bet 38,000. Varnell raised to 88,000 and Karakousis called. The turn was the K♣ and Karakousis checked. Varnell bet 108,000 and Karakousis called.
The river was the 4♠ and Karakousis checked once more. Varnell bet 180,000. Karakousis put Varnell all-in for about 350,000 total and Varnell called with 8♠5♠. Varnell had trips but Karakousis had a full house K♦K♠. The massive pot was pushed over to Karakousis and Varnell went to collect his payout slip.
Karakousis is the chip leader by a wide margin, playing almost double his nearest competitor, Ryan Hall (760,000).