There hasn't been much action to speak of during the last part of this level, but it appears that if there's one game that's easily changing the fortunes of all these players, it's the new kid on the block - Badugi.
There's been quite a bit of chat amongst the final four players, who are still trying to work out the finer points of the game. However, in the last 10 minutes, we've just seen all four players contest a hand of the Korean lowball variant, contrary to the railbird who is holding up his iPad with a scrolling banner that reads - "Badugi! Chinese for degen".
Earlier, the action folded to Brian Haveson who called from the small blind; Travis Pearson checked and then took three cards, while Haveson took two and opened the betting. Pearson called, then drew two cards and checked after Haveson, who also checked after drawing one card.
On the third and final draw, both players took one card each and checked it down, but Pearson's () scooped the pot.
A couple of hands later, Shaun Deeb opened from under the gun and Chris Lee called from the big blind before drawing one card and checking to Deeb, who stood pat and opened the betting. Lee check-raised and Deeb called before both players stood pat on the second draw.
Lee bet and Deeb called, but after both players stood pat again, Lee fired out a third shell. Deeb stood up in his seat, threw his hoodie off his head and moaned. He then turned his attention to tournament supervisor Dave Lamb.
"Am I allowed to show my hand?" Deeb asked. Lamb shook his head. "You don't need to."
"Told you I was going to make a move on you," said Lee, growing ever-confident that he had Deeb beat.
Deeb did call and Lee did have him beat, showing down a badugi of to take down the pot. With those hands complete, we have a new chip leader!
Shaun Deeb opened to 51,000, and Travis Pearson shoved all in for 411,000. Deeb wasted no time calling, and Pearson was at-risk as the cards were turned up. And he was in trouble.
Pearson didn't find a five on the flop, but the did give him some chop outs.
So much for your chop. Pearson spikes the three-outer to pull into a big lead with one to come. He just needed to dodge a jack, and the river was as blank as it gets.
It's good to be lucky, and that spell of good fortune has doubled Pearson into a dead-head for the chip lead with 850,000.
Under the gun, Chris Lee open-shoved his last 414,000 chips into the middle. Travis Pearson was in the big blind, and he squeezed his cards and made the call to put Lee at risk. It was a flip.
The board ran out clean for Lee's pair, coming . Presto holds up, and Lee's doubled his way back into second place. He's got 850,000 now, essentially trading stacks with Pearson.
Shaun Deeb brought it in with the , and he called the completion from Brian Haveson's .
Deeb: (x-x) / / (x)
Haveson: (x-x) / / (x)
Haveson bet his lead on fourth street, but he checked on fifth. Deeb called fourth and bet fifth, and both players checked sixth street. On seventh, Haveson got one more bet in, and Deeb quickly called.
Haveson showed for queens up, but Deeb could beat it. He revealed for kings up, and that pushes him back in front of the pack with 1.195 million.
Chris Lee was the bring-in with the , and he called the completion from Brian Haveson and his .
Lee: (x-x) /
Haveson: (x-x) /
Haveson bet fourth and fifth streets with Lee calling, but the latter finally waved the white flag on sixth. When he folded, Haveson flashed a buried , having run down a full house already. He's up to about 960,000 now, and he's taken the overall chip lead.
2-7 Triple Draw
"All right," Kendall Fukumoto said, opening with a raise from the button.
"How much you got back?" Travis Pearson asked from the big blind.
"Ten thousand. And two water bottles."
Pearson made the call drawing three, and he put the 10,000 chips in after Fukumoto took two. Fukumoto threw them in, and he needed two cards again. Pearson took one, and he replaced it for another one on the last draw. Fukumoto reduced his needs to just one card.
With their last cards still down, Pearson tabled , and Fukumoto showed . The news wasn't good for the at-risk player, but Pearson's last card was a to keep the hope alive. Fukumoto needed to catch a non-pair ten or less to double up. He squeezed it and it was three across, so Fukumoto determined he was a 2:1 favorite to pull the six or the eight. He ripped it over:
That's no good for Fukumoto, and the pro from Hawaii has been sent to the exit in fifth place. He'll take home $45,839 for his work over these last three days, and you can buy a lot of foam fingers with that kind of cash.
2-7 Triple Draw
We picked up the action just after the first draw, heads-up between Brian Haveson and Shaun Deeb. We're not sure how many cards they drew, but Haveson check-called a bet, and he took two cards. Deeb was pat already, and he bet it again. Haveson check-called, and he checked after pulling one card on the last draw. Deeb patted and bet again, and Haveson liked his hand enough to check-raise. Deeb plunked the call into the pot with a frustrated knowingness.
Haveson rolled over the third-best hand, . It was good, and it knocks Deeb down under a million chips for the first time in a long time. He's got 904,000 now, while Haveson climbs to 860,000.
2-7 Triple Draw
The action folded around to Travis Pearson who raised from the button; Shaun Deeb was the only caller from the big blind, so they went heads-up to the first draw, where both players exchanged two cards. Deeb check-called Pearson's bet, then did the same after taking two on the second draw (Pearson took one).
On the third draw, Deeb took one card and Pearson stood pat; both players checked, but Pearson took down the pot after tabling .