Craig Varnell was all in from the big blind for 130,000 with , and he needed his hand to hold to stay alive against the of Ray Qartomy in the cutoff.
The board came , and Varnell won the pot with two pair, queens and jacks, to double up in chips.
Qartomy looked at Varnell and asked, “Am I the only one doubling you up? Four times I’ve doubled you up today.” Varnell just smiles and nods as he stacks the pot.
Craig Varnell – 275,000 (28 bb)
Ray Qartomy – 130,000 (13 bb)
After a flop of with about 65K already in the pot, Mark Guariglia moved all in from the big blind for 135,000, and Craig Varnell went into the tank from UTG+1.
Guariglia said, “You’ll see it either way.” Varnell said, “I just feel like you have tens or something.”
Varnell folded, and Guariglia showed for a pair of sevens as he took the pot. Varnell said he folded pocket sixes.
As he was stacking his chips, Guariglia said, “I’ve got to protect my blinds.”
Mark Guariglia – 200,000 (20 bb)
Craig Varnell – 245,000 (25 bb)
With eight players remaining, the average chip stack is about 195,000 (20 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $12,875.