Championship: Naing Thu & Euclid Zurbaran Chop a Pot to Knock Out a Player

$3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 15:  3,000/6,000 with a 6,000 ante
Players Remaining:  330 of 2,290

Euclid Zurbaran and Naing Thu
Euclid Zurbaran (left) and Naing Thu (right)

There was a three-way preflop all-in situation at Table 37, with Euclid Zurbaran all in from the cutoff for 77,000, the small blind all in for 165,000, and Naing Thu covering them both from the button.

Naing Thu:  AcJd
Small Blind:  QhQd
Euclid Zurbaran:  AhJc

The board came 10d3d3c10sAs, and the ace on the river gave the victories to Thu and Zurbaran, who chopped the main pot worth 243,000. Thu won the side pot worth 176,000 to eliminate the small blind from the tournament.

Naing Thu  –  645,000  (108 bb)
Euclid Zurbaran  –  122,000  (20 bb)

With about 330 players remaining from a field of 2,290, the average chip stack is around 347,000 (58 big blinds). There will be a 90-minute dinner break after Level 16 (about 6:35 pm), and action will continue tonight until the end of Level 20 (around 12:20 am).