Aaron Mermelstein moved all in from the cutoff for 115,000, Raul Martinez moved all in over the top from the small blind for 415,000, and Adam Hendrix asked for an exact count and went into the tank from the big blind.
Hendrix had about 350,000 behind his 10,000 big blind, and he tanked for a very long time until somebody called for a clock. Hendrix thought another 20 seconds or so before he folded.
Mermelstein turned over , and he needed it to hold to stay alive against Martinez’s .
The board came , and Mermelstein won the pot with two pair, nines and fives, to double up in chips.
Aaron Mermelstein – 250,000 (25 bb)
Adam Hendrix – 350,000 (35 bb)
Raul Martinez – 300,000 (30 bb)
Mermelstein’s momentum was short-lived, as he was eliminated from the tournament a few minutes later.
Aaron Mermelstein – Eliminated in 17th Place
With 16 players remaining from a field of 102, the average chip stack is about 640,000 (64 big blinds). The final 14 players will finish in the money, guaranteed at least $57,945 each.
Action is scheduled to continue tonight until there are nine players remaining for tomorrow’s final table.