Todd Brunson raised it up, and Calen McNeil defended his big blind. The flop came down , and McNeil checked to Brunson, who fired out. McNeil put in a check raise, and Brunson made the call. The hit the turn, and the rest of Brunson's money got in there.
Brunson held the lead, but he had to dodge a world of outs to either chop or win the hand. The river was a blank for McNeil, coming the , and Brunson doubled up to 700,000.
Calen McNeil raised preflop, and Todd Brunson and Can Kim Hua called from the blinds.
They both checked to McNeil on the flop, and he bet. Brunson called, but Hua was waiting with a raise. Both players called. The turn brought a , completing the flush possibility and pairing the board. Brunson checked, Hua bet, McNeil called and Brunson folded. McNeil then called a final bet on the end after hit.
McNeil had a flush for high, while Hua held the nut low for a chop.
Joe Ford started the action with a raise, and Calen McNeil called from the big blind. The flop came , and both players quickly checked. The turn brought the , and McNeil fired out. Ford made the call, and the same happened when the hit the river. McNeil showed for a straight, and despite the river bringing in a low, Ford didn't have one, as he mucked his hand.
Shortly after, Can Kim Hua and Ford got in a preflop raising war that saw all of Ford's chips get in the middle.
The board ran down , and amazingly, Hua lowly pair of fives was good enough to score the knockout, and get us to three handed play.
Calen McNeil, Todd Brunson and Can Kim Hua were staring at a board of when Brunson led into the three-way raised pot. Hua raised him, McNeil folded and Brunson reraised. Hua put Brunson all in, and Brunson called.
Brunson was behind Hua's two pair, but he had a draw to a wheel, which he spiked with the . Brunson pumped his fist, and the river secured him the whole pot since Hua didn't improve to a full house.
A couple of hands later, Brunson and McNeil put Ford all in preflop, but Brunson and Ford were the ones who ended up chopping the pot.
Calen McNeil and Can Kim Hua have been the two biggest stacks all final table, and so far, they pretty much stayed away from each other. However, McNeil just took a big pot that has seen him open up a lead over the rest of the field.
McNeil opened the action from under the gun with a raise, and Hua defended his big blind. The flop came down , and Hua pulled a check raise on McNeil. He made the call, and the hit the turn. Hua led out, and McNeil called to see the hit the river. Hua checked this time, and McNeil fired out. Hua called, and McNeil announced "kings full" and showed . Hua tapped the table, rechecked his cards a couple of times, then mucked, giving the big pot to McNeil.
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Todd Brunson is back in the danger zone of having just a few big bets left in his stack after Calen McNeil took two pots from the pro. In the first hand, McNeil raised it up on the button, and Joe Ford called, as did Brunson in the big blind. The flop came , and it was checked to McNeil, who fired out a bet. Ford folded, but Brunson made the call. The hit the turn, and Brunson check called another bet. Both players checked the on the river, and McNeil showed for kings up. Bruson flashed for top pair on board before mucking.
A few hands later, Brunson started the action with a raise, and McNeil called from the big blind. The flop came , and McNeil pulled a check raise on Brunson. Brunson called, and the hit the turn. McNeil fired out again, and this time, Brunson was the one who raised. McNeil called, and when the hit the river, both players checked.
McNeil showed for a queen high flush, and Brunson nodded his head, showed for a pair of aces with the nut flush blocker, and folded his hand, dropping him to just 250,000.
Tony Ma raised under the gun, and Todd Brunson pushed all in from the big blind. Ma called.
The flop came , so Brunson took the lead with two pair. The turn was a and the river a , so Ma didn't improve his hand.
The next hand, Brunson, Ma and Joe Ford saw the flop for the minimum. Brunson led out on a flop, and both players called. He fired again when the turned, and this time, only Ma called. The river came , and Brunson bet once more. Ma called, and Brunson showed him for a full house. Ma showed a flush before mucking.
Ma then doubled up twice in the next few hands, but he lost all of it back when Ford took a pot from him with a river bluff, showing on a board after Ma check-folded the river.
All in for his last big blind, Ma found himself against Brunson and Ford, who were checking down in the blinds. With the board reading after all the cards were out, Ford showed a flush, while Brunson had a live five for low. Ma turned over , and his roller coaster ride was over.