With the final board showing and roughly 150K already in the pot, the UTG player checked, Joseph Cheong bet 165,000, and the UTG player tanked for a very long time before he called.
Cheong turned over to win the pot with a set of nines, and his opponent mucked. Cheong is now over the one-million mark in chips.
Joseph Cheong – 1,150,000 (192 bb)
With 204 players remaining from a field of 1,566, the average chip stack is about 307,000 (51 big blinds). The final 196 players will finish in the money, guaranteed at least $5,265 each.
There will be a 90-minute dinner break after Level 16 (around 6:30 pm), and action will continue tonight until the end of Level 20 (around 12:15 am).