Event 67: $3,500 No-Limit Hold’em $3,000,000 Guarantee
Total Entrants: 1,032
Players Remaining: 81
Average Stack: 255,000
Over 20 players have been eliminated in Level 18 but although the chips have been moving, the chip leaders have had an issue maintaining their overall edge on the field. A few hands involving Jordan Young and Daniel Watson best exemplify this as they gave some back to the field but are still both over 100 big blinds.
With an open and call to 11,000 in front of him, Young three-bet to 44,000 from the cutoff. Kenny Hallaert four-bet all-in for about 150,000 from the blinds and after action folded back to him, Young called with A♣A♠. Hallaert’s A♦K♣ was in trouble and he failed to catch up on the ensuing board to hit the rail.
The very next hand, Thiago Macedo opened in early position to 11,000 and Young called in the hijack. The big blind came along as well and the flop ran out J♣6♥4♦. Both players checked to Young and he bet 17,000. The big blind folded and Macedo raised to 60,500. Young gave it some thought and called. The turn was the 3♦ and Macedo shoved for 150,000. Young released and Macedo chipped up to 365,000. Young is still one of the chip leaders with 650,000.
Watson opened to 11,000 on the button and Soulier defended his big blind. Soulier check-called for 9,500 on the A♥5♦4♦ flop and then bet 17,500 on the 9♦ turn. Watson called and then called a 34,000 bet on the river. Soulier showed A♠K♥ to take the pot and move up to 435,000. Watson’s playing 575,000.
As the night moves forward, it will be interesting to see if any chip leaders are able to pull away as the field narrows down.