Championship: Ryan Riess Doubles Thru James Mendoza

$5,300 SHRPO Championship
$3,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 23:  20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 ante
Players Remaining:  27 of 1,070

Ryan Riess

James Mendoza raised from middle position, and Ryan Riess called from the big blind.

The flop came Qc9s2d, Riess checked, Mendoza moved all in, and Riess called all in for 135,000 with Qh10h for a pair of queens.

Mendoza turned over 7d7c, and Riess needed his hand to hold to stay alive.

The turn card paired the board with the 9h, the river card was the Ks, and Riess won the pot with two pair, queens and nines, to double up in chips.

Ryan Riess  –  500,000  (13 bb)
James Mendoza  –  1,800,000  (45 bb)

With 27 players remaining from a field of 1,070, the average chip stack is around 1,585,000 (40 big blinds). The remaining players are guaranteed at least $25,790 each.

The field will play as long as it takes today to reach the nine-handed final table, which is scheduled to begin tomorrow at 12:00 noon.