Main Event Day 1B: Yaroslav Nakonechnyy Leads with 335K

$1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 14: 1,500/2,500 with a 2,500 ante
Flight B Players Remaining: 126 of 499

There appear to be four players with at least 300K right now, and all three are fairly close in chips. Two of them knocked out a player in the past 10 minutes:

Three players check the flop to see a board of 7s6h5sJc on the turn. The big blind checks, Jon Turner checks from the hijack, and Joe Druetto bets 12,000 from the button. The player in the big blind moved all in for about 40,000, and Turner folded.

Druetto called, and the big blind turned over Js8h for a pair of jacks with an open-ended straight draw. But Druetto turned over AcJh for a pair of jacks with a higher kicker, and the big blind needed to improve to stay alive.

The river card paired the board with the Jd, and Druetto won the pot with trip jacks and an ace kicker to eliminate the player in the big blind from Day 1B.

Joe Druetto  –  320,000  (128 bb)

After a flop of Jc7d4c, Malachi Wiggs was all in from the small blind for 58,000 with Jh9h (pair of jacks), but he needed to improve to stay alive against the AhAc of Yaroslav Nakonechnyy in middle position.

The turn card was the Ks, the river card was the Kd, and Nakonechnyy won the pot with two pair, aces and kings, to eliminate Wiggs from Day 1B.

Yaroslav Nakonechnyy  –  335,000  (134 bb)
Malachi Wiggs  –  Eliminated

And here are some of the big stacks in the field as we head into the final level of the night:

1.  Yaroslav Nakonechnyy  –  335,000  (134 bb)
2.  Joseph Cheong  –  325,000  (130 bb)
3.  Joe Druetto  –  320,000  (128 bb)
4.  Julius Bikus  –  315,000  (126 bb)

Matthew Bretzfield  –  279,000  (112 bb)
Jon Turner  –  255,000  (102 bb)