Players Remaining: 3
Average Stack: 1,355,000
The new trend at the Event 74 final table is fast-paced action and it has resulted in two eliminations in back-to-back hands. Lance Howard had his short stack taken out by Bradley Ruben while Nikolaos Panopoulos got it in with the best hand against Shawn Nguyen but couldn’t hold.
Howard was all-in with K♣Q♣4♠2♠ against the A♦Q♦J♦5♥ of Ruben. The 8♦6♦6♠2♥J♥ board was not enough for Howard to hang on and Ruben scooped. He is at his final table peak with 650,000. Howard takes home $15,138 for his second PLO8 final table finish of DSE III.
The very next hand, Panopoulos, and Nguyen got it all in for Panopoulos’s last 800,000 on a flop of Q♦7♣5♦. Panopoulos led with Q♣Q♠4♣2♣ against the A♦K♦10♥7♠ of Nguyen heading to the turn. The J♦ turn benefitted Nguyen as he hit his flush. The board did not pair on the river and Nguyen added another bounty to his final table haul. He is playing 2,400,000 with three-handed play set to begin. Panopoulos earns $20,184.