Championship: Matthew Haugen – 4th Place ($220,207)

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship 
Level 34: 125,000/250,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 1,222
Average Stack: 12,220,000 (48 bb)

Matthew Haugen eliminated 4th
Matthew Haugen eliminated 4th

Justin Young opened from under the gun to 525,000 and it folded to Matthew Haugen in the big blind. Haugen shoved for 4,975,000 and Young called putting Haugen at risk.

Young: jsjh
Haugen: asjc

The dealer burned and turned a kdtd7c7s3d board improving neither player and officially busting Haugen 4th. He earned $220,207.

Justin Young – 11,875,000 (47 bb)
Matthew Haugen – Eliminated in 4th place ($220,207)

High Roller: Dinner Break

$25,000 High Roller No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
End of Level 20: 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 94

The final six players have been sent off for a one-hour dinner break. Play will resume at 9:10 p.m., and action will continue tonight until a winner is determined.

Here’s how the table will stack up when the new level begins:

Seat 1: David Malka -1,885,000 (47 bb)
Seat 2: Tim West -1,355,000 (34 bb)
Seat 3: Nick Yunis – 635,000 (16 bb)
Seat 4: Yevgeniy Timoshenko -1,295,000 (32 bb)
Seat 5: –empty–
Seat 6: –empty–
Seat 7: Sylvain Loosli – 1,940,000 (49 bb)
Seat 8: Nick Petrangelo – 2,300,000 (58 bb)
Seat 9: –empty–

Everyone left is guaranteed to earn six figures this evening. Here are the remaining payouts:

1st: $658,000
2nd: $481,750
3rd: $298,450
4th: $206,800
5th: $133,950
6th: $101,050

High Roller: Brian Benderoff – 7th Place ($82,250)

$25,000 High Roller No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
End of Level 20: 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 94

Brian Benderoff
Brian Benderoff

Brian Benderoff moved all in for just less than 500,000 in middle position, and action folded around to David Malka in the big blind. He squeezed his cards one at a time. “First one’s good,” Malka said. When he peeked at the second, he said, “Wow,” and dropped a stack of calling chips into the pot.

Benderoff: Jh9h
Malka: AhAc

The board ran out Kh4s2dQd6c, and Malka won the pot with his pair of aces. Benderoff, who began the day with the chip lead, was eliminated in seventh place.

David Malka – 2,050,000 (68 bb)
Brian Benderoff – Eliminated

Championship: Break Time Again

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship 
Heading to Level 34: 125,000/250,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 1,222
Average Stack: 9,165,000 (36 bb)

Players are currently on break. Here’s a look at the chip counts heading to Level 35:

Seat 1: Cate Hall – Eliminated 9th ($65,404)
Seat 2: Andrey Plotnikov – Eliminated 8th ($87,880)
Seat 3: Hyoung Chae – 13,725,000 (54 bb)
Seat 4: Ben Tarzia – Eliminated 6th ($132,560)
Seat 5: Matthew Haugen – 4,325,000 (17 bb)
Seat 6: William Foxen – Eliminated 10th ($49,627)
Seat 7: Tim Reilly – Eliminated 5th ($164,113)
Seat 8: Justin Young – 12,950,000 (51 bb)
Seat 9: Garrett Greer – 5,650,000 (22 bb)
Seat 10: Sam Soverel – Eliminated 7th ($110,357)

Results through 11th place 

1st – $654,161 + TOC Seat
2nd – $458,722
3rd – $297,336
4th – $220,207

High Roller: Steffen Sontheimer – 8th Place ($70,500)

$25,000 High Roller No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 20: 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 94

Steffen Sontheimer
Steffen Sontheimer

Steffen Sontheimer opened to 65,000 in middle position, and Tim West three-bet shoved from the big blind. Sontheimer double-checked his cards, then quickly called all in for 635,000 total.

Sontheimer: TsTd
West: KhKd

The board ran out 7h5d4sQcAd, and West’s kings held up to earn him the knockout. He barely had Sontheimer covered, so it’s essentially a double-up for him, eliminating his opponent in eighth place.

Tim West – 1,380,000 (46 bb)
Steffen Sontheimer – Eliminated

Event 25: Xiaoyan Wang Leads Final 10

$150 No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry
Level 23: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 625

The field has been trimmed down to the final 10 players and they have re-drawn for seats at the unofficial final table of 10.

Xiaoyan Wang is leading the final table with 1,496,000 in chips. Everybody is guaranteed a cash of at least $975, but first place is worth $20,237. Here is a look at the seating arrangement and chip counts:

Seat 1: Paul Tong – 1,001,000
Seat 2: Hector Chevalier – 1,186,000
Seat 3: Wally Maddah – 280,000
Seat 4: Billy Haworth – 448,000
Seat 5: Xiaoyan Wang – 1,496,000
Seat 6: Anibal Rodriguez – 265,000
Seat 7: Scott Cowan – 252,000
Seat 8: Edgardo Rosario – 493,000
Seat 9: Chien Chiu – 201,000
Seat 10: John Cummings – 590,000

Here is a look at the remaining payouts:

1st: $20,237
2nd: $12,000
3rd: $7,875
4th: $5,438
5th: $4,013
6th: $3,188
7th: $2,438
8th: $1,763
9th: $1,275
10th: $975

High Roller: Nick Petrangelo Check-Raises Twice

$25,000 High Roller No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 20: 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 94

Steffen Sontheimer opened the button with a raise, and Nick Petrangelo defended his big blind.

The flop came TcTd2d. Petrangelo checked, Sontheimer continued for 55,000, and Petrangelo check-raised to 160,000. Sontheimer called, and the turn was the 2c. Petrangelo checked again, Sontheimer bet 165,000, and Petrangelo put in a second check-raise to 390,000. Sontheimer quickly folded.

Petrangelo tabled Jc9c as the dealer pushed him the pot. He’s the most active player at the table right now, and his stack has benefitted from his aggression so far. The Massachusetts pro is now the chip leader with eight players remaining.

Nick Petrangelo – 2,640,000 (88 bb)
Steffen Sontheimer – 655,000 (22 bb)