There was a three-way preflop all-in situation at Table 40, and these were their hands in descending order of chip counts:
Richard Rodriguez (middle position):
Anthony Askey (middle position):
Dinyar Irani (cutoff):
The board came , and Rodriguez spiked a seven on the river to win the entire pot with a full house, sevens full of fives, eliminating both of his opponents from the tournament.
Rodriguez (seated in seat 9) admitted that he didn’t realize Askey (seated in seat 1) was in the hand, and thought he was just up against Irani, who was all in for about 135,000.
“If I was paying attention,” said Rodriguez, “none of this would have happened.”
But the mistake worked out for Rodriguez, who is now sitting on 710,000 in chips.
Richard Rodriguez – 710,000 (71 bb)
Anthony Askey – Eliminated in 25th Place ($280)
Dinyar Irani – Eliminated in 26th Place ($280)
With 24 players remaining from a field of 312, the average chip stack is around 260,000 (26 big blinds). The field is in the money, with the remaining players guaranteed at least $325 each.
And for those wondering, yes, Michael Newman is still in the hunt after being down to just one big blind on the Money Bubble. He has survived two pay jumps so far.