Anatoly Nikitin raised from the hijack to 300,000, leaving himself just 25K behind. Wasim Assaf moved all in from the small blind, and Nikitin called all in for 325,000 with .
Assaf turned over , and Nikitin needed his king high to hold to stay alive.
The board came , and Nikitin paired his three on the flop and turned trips to win the pot and double up in chips.
Anatoly Nikitin – 850,000 (9 bb)
Wasim Assaf – 2,450,000 (25 bb)
With 22 players remaining from a field of 1,692, the average chip stack is around 3,845,000 (38 big blinds), and the remaining players are guaranteed at least $29,480 each.
Action is scheduled to continue tonight for as long as it takes to get down to the final two tables (16 players).