It's been very slow here in the closing minutes of Level 16. To give you an example, the biggest hand we've seen at the secondary feature table as of late came when Timothy Adams min-raised to 60,000 on the button and Christoph Vogelsang called from the small blind. Patrik Antonius came along from the big and three players saw a flop of .
Vodelsang was first to act and led out for 140,000, which was enough to take down the pot as both Antonius and Adams folded.
Mike McDonald has been in control at the secondary feature table for the better part of Day 2, but he just took a horrible beat that knocked him way down.
The action started with Timothy Adams who raised under the gun to 60,000. Christoph Vogelsang was seated to Adams' immediate left and he three-bet to 145,000. McDonald was seated in the big blind and he four-bet to 275,000 after which Adams snap-folded.
Vogelsang tanked for a bit but eventually he moved all in and McDonald called.
McDonald was miles ahead and in a position to grab a commanding lead at this secondary table. The flop brought and Vogelsang took over the lead and he now had McDonald dead to two outs. The turn brought the and the river the giving Vogelsang a huge pot. McDonald is now one of the short stack while 10 players remain.
We haven't had too many hands from the final table, and part of the reason is because they're taking a long time to play out. Take for instance the last hand where Steve O'Dwyer tanked for six minutes and fifty-three seconds.
The hand began with David Benefield raising to 50,000 and receiving calls from Martin Finger and Steve O'Dwyer. The flop saw O'Dwyer check from the big blind, Benefield continuation-bet and Finger fold. After the dealer burned and turned the , O'Dwyer checked for a second time and Benefield bet 220,000. Again O'Dwyer called and then checked the river.
"All in," Benefield said.
"Wow," O'Dwyer responded. "This is going to take a while."
O'Dwyer had 458,000 remaining, and he was the shorter stack. The minutes ticked by and it wasn't until nearly seven minutes had passed that O'Dwyer called off. Benefield confidently tabled the for a set, and O'Dwyer shook his head up and down as if to say, "I'm not surprised."
O'Dwyer then tabled the , grabbed his bag, and exited the stage in 11th place.
Earlier today Erik Seidel suffered a bad beat when his aces were cracked in an all-in preflop situation. Paul Newey has just suffered the same fate. It happened when action folded to Newey on the button and he shoved all in for 159,000. The small blind folded and Ole Schemion, who had a mountain of chips, opted to make the call from the big.
The rest of the tabled laughed upon seeing the uphill battle Schemion faced, but they were silenced when the flop gave the German two pair. Newey reacted sharply and was in a daze of disbelief. The turn gave Newey flush outs and even more counterfeit outs, but the river missed them all.