Tournament staff paused the clock with the field two away from the money to begin hand-for-hand play. Nothing exciting on the first hand but there were two all-ins called on the second.
On Table 6, Jeff Niedelman and Skip McDonough were in the blinds and McDonough had his last 144,000 in the middle at risk.
“It’s not even suited!” McDonough joked.
He had an over, missed the flop, and Niedelman improved on the turn. Any heart or queen would save McDonough but the sent him out on the bubble.
Jeff Niedelman – 510,000 (85 bb)
Skip McDonough – Eliminated
On Table 28, another battle of the blinds saw Matthew Smith heads up to the flop. The small blind checked, Smith put her all-in for 53,000 and the bet was called.
The eights were ahead but she needed to fade Smith’s open-ended straight draw and over card. The turn changed nothing but the river completed the straight to send two players out and put the rest of the field in the money.
Matthew Smith – 220,000 (37 bb)