Two of the biggest stacks left in the tournament just got into a preflop raising war.
Joseph Wertz raised to 45,000 preflop, and Barry Hutter then three-bet to 120,000. Wertz tanked for a couple minutes, then reraised to 320,000. Hutter then thought for a minute before announcing, "All-in." He held more than 1.6 million in chips before the hand started. Wertz thought for a few moments, but acted relatively quickly in releasing his hand.
Play has been relatively cautious since the end of break, but some of the shorter stacks are trying to chip up. Nicco Maag, Molissa Farber, and Jacob Bazeley have all shoved preflop within the past few minutes, but none of the all-in bets were called.
Molissa Farber open-shoved all in on two consecutive hands. On the first, nobody called, and she picked up the blinds and antes. The second time, Jason Bigelow called and turned over . Farber showed , and the players were in a virtual coin-flip. The board ran out , and Bigelow won the pot with this pocket tens. Farber was eliminated in 11th Place, earning her $26,128.
The remaining ten players will now redraw to a single table.
Barry Hutter opened the preflop action with a raise to 60,000. Nicco Maag called all in for his last 47,000. Then Kenneth Gregersen called 60,000 from the big blind. Gregersen and Hutter both checked the flop, then checked again on the turn and the river. Gregersen showed , Maag showed , and we only saw Hutter's as he send his cards toward the muck. Gergersen won the pot with his pocket fours, and Nicco Maag was eliminated in 10th place. He'll earn $26,128.
The remaining nine players will now move to the Main Stage for the official final table.