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Main Event: Paul Balzano Leads the Final Five at the Break with 11.25 Million

$1,700 WSOPC Main Event (Single Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 34:  125,000/250,000 with a 250,000 ante
Players Remaining:  5 of 1,162

Paul Balzano
Chipleader Paul Balzano

The final five players return from break to begin Level 34, with increased blinds of 125,000-250,000 and a 250,000 ante. The average chip stack is about 6,975,000 (28 big blinds).

Here are the official chip counts from the break:

Seat 1.  David Jackson  –  5,050,000  (20 bb)
Seat 2.  Rob Manjura  –  5,000,000  (20 bb)
Seat 3.  Isaac Kempton  –  7,025,000  (28 bb)
Seat 4.  James Calderaro  –  6,550,000  (26 bb)
Seat 5.  Paul Balzano  –  11,250,000  (45 bb)

Main Event: Ioannis Patsourakis – 6th Place ($61,616)

$1,700 WSOPC Main Event (Single Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 33:  100,000/200,000 with a 200,000 ante
Players Remaining:  5 of 1,162

Ioannis Patsourakis

Ioannis Patsourakis moved all in under the gun for 2,510,000, and Rob Manjura called all in from the hijack for 1,875,000 with Ad10c. Patsourakis turned over AcKc, and Manjura was dominated and facing elimination.

But the board came Qd5d3dKd3s, and Manjura turned an ace-high flush to win the pot and double up in chips.

Rob Manjura  –  4,250,000  (21 bb)
Ioannis Patsourakis  –  635,000  (3 bb)

The next hand, Rob Manjura moved all in under the gun for 4.25 million, and Ioannis Patsourakis called all in from the big blind for 435,000 with 8h5d. Manjura turned over KsQs, and Patsourakis needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came Js5s2d10h7s — Patsourakis paired his five on the flop, but Manjura rivered a spade flush to win the pot and eliminate Patsourakis in sixth place.

Rob Manjura  –  4,985,000  (25 bb)
Ioannis Patsourakis  –  Eliminated in 6th Place  ($61,616)

With five players remaining, the average chip stack is about 6,975,000 (35 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $79,480.

Main Event: Francisco Gomez – 7th Place ($48,195)

$1,700 WSOPC Main Event (Single Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 33:  100,000/200,000 with a 200,000 ante
Players Remaining:  6 of 1,162

Francisco Gomez
Francisco Gomez

Francisco Gomez got it all in from the hijack for about 2.5 million with AsKh, and he needed to improve to stay alive against the 5s5h of chipleader Paul Balzano, who was under the gun.

The board came Ah7h5d3c7s — Gomez flopped a pair of aces, but Balzano flopped a set of fives. The set held up for Balzano to win the pot and eliminate Gomez in seventh place.

(It had been nearly four hours since the last elimination, though there was a one-hour dinner break in there.)

Paul Balzano  –  12,900,000  (65 bb)
Francisco Gomez  –  Eliminated in 7th Place  ($48,195)

With six players remaining, the average chip stack is about 5,810,000 (29 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $61,616.

Main Event: James Calderaro Doubles Thru Isaac Kempton

$1,700 WSOPC Main Event (Single Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 33:  100,000/200,000 with a 200,000 ante
Players Remaining:  7 of 1,162

James Calderaro and His Friends on the Rail
James Calderaro’s friends on the rail are wearing custom-made t-shirts with Calderaro on them.

James Calderaro got it all in from the button for 3,365,000 with Ah9h, and he needed to improve to stay alive against the 10s10d of Isaac Kempton in the cutoff.

The board came AcJd5c8sJh, and Calderaro paired his ace on the flop to win the pot and double up in chips.

After the hand, Calderaro said that nobody wanted him to leave the table because he was too fun.

“Seriously,” said Calderaro. “Is there anybody here who wasn’t rooting for an ace?”

Nobody said anything for a few moments, and then Kempton slowly raised his hand and said, “I was rooting for a ten.”

James Calderaro  –  7,230,000  (36 bb)
Isaac Kempton  –  4,915,000  (25 bb)

With seven players remaining, the average chip stack is about 4,980,000 (25 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $48,195.

Main Event: James Calderaro Talks Rob Manjura Out of a Race Situation

$1,700 WSOPC Main Event (Single Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 33:  100,000/200,000 with a 200,000 ante
Players Remaining:  7 of 1,162

James Calderaro
James Calderaro (standing) and Paul Balzano (right)

In the last hand of Level 32, with blinds at 80,000-160,000 with a 160,000 ante, Rob Manjura raised from the button to 350,000, and James Calderaro moved all in from the big blind for 3,775,000.

Manjura asked for an exact count, and Calderaro said, “I may not want a call now.”

Manjura continued to think, but he and Calderaro continued chatting. Manjura asked something about Calderaro’s hand.

“I have a hand,” said Calderaro.” “But now I’m kind of nervous about it.”

Majura thought a bit more, and Calderaro asked, “Want to see my hand? I’ll let you look at one card.”

Calderaro slid his cards toward Majura, but everyone involved knew that wouldn’t be allowed, and Calderaro is just having fun and playing it serious.

Eventually, Calderaro said, “Either way, I’ll show you.”

Shortly after that, Manjura folded, and Calderaro showed As9d. Manjura said he folded pocket eights, and it would have been a race situation.

James Calderaro  –  4,365,000  (22 bb)
Rob Manjura  –  4,850,000  (24 bb)

After that hand, the blinds increase to 100,000-200,000 with a 200,000 ante, and that was used to calculate the big blinds in their stacks.

With seven players remaining, the average chip stack is about 4,980,000 (25 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $48,195.

Main Event: A 10-Minute Roller Coaster for David Jackson

$1,700 WSOPC Main Event (Single Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 32:  80,000/160,000 with a 160,000 ante
Players Remaining:  7 of 1,162

David Jackson
David Jackson

David Jackson raised UTG+1 to 330,000, Isaac Kempton moved all in from the small blind for 3,320,000, and Jackson called with 9s9d. Kempton turned over AcKh, and needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came Qh4s3sAd2c, and Kempton paired his ace on the turn to win the pot and double up in chips.

Isaac Kempton  –  6,960,000  (44 bb)
David Jackson  –  2,965,000  (19 bb)

A few hands later, James Calderaro raised from the button to 450,000, David Jackson moved all in from the big blind for 2,805,000, and Calderaro called with KcQc. Jackson turned over Ac9c, and needed his hand to hold to stay alive.

The board came 8s5s5d5c6c, and Jackson won the pot with his ace to double up in chips.

David Jackson  –  5,850,000  (37 bb)
James Calderaro  –  3,410,000  (21 bb)

A few hands later, David Jackson raised from the cutoff to 350,000, Rob Manjura moved all in from the big blind for 2,170,000, and Jackson called with 5s5h. Manjura turned over Ah8s, and he needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came KsJc8c10s8h, and Majura paired his eight on the flop, turned a gutshot straight draw, and rivered trips to win the pot and double up in chips.

Rob Manjura  –  4,580,000  (29 bb)
David Jackson  –  3,345,000  (21 bb)

These three hands all happened in less than 10 minutes.

With seven players remaining, the average chip stack is about 4,980,000 (31 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $48,195.

Main Event: James Calderaro vs. Ioannis Patsourakis

$1,700 WSOPC Main Event (Single Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 31:  60,000/120,000 with a 120,000 ante
Players Remaining:  7 of 1,162

James Calderaro
James Calderaro

James Calderaro raised from the hijack to 325,000, and Ioannis Patsourakis called from the big blind.

Both players checked to the turn on a board of 9h5s2d8s, Patsourakis checked, Calderaro bet 350,000, and Patsourakis called.

The river card was the 7s, Patsourakis checked, Calderaro bet 500,000, and Patsourakis stopped to think for a while.

Patsourakis said that he would be raising or folding, and Calderaro said they were both bad options. “A call might be bad for you too.”

After some more thought, Patsourakis called with 6d4d for a rivered nine-high straight, but Calderaro turned over QsJs to win the pot with a rivered spade flush.

James Calderaro  –  7,565,000  (63 bb)
Ioannis Patsourakis  –  2,425,000  (20 bb)

With seven players remaining, the average chip stack is about 4,980,000 (42 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $48,195.

Main Event: David Jackson Wins With Trip Tens Against Isaac Kempton’s Aces

$1,700 WSOPC Main Event (Single Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 31:  60,000/120,000 with a 120,000 ante
Players Remaining:  7 of 1,162

David Jackson
David Jackson

Isaac Kempton raised from the cutoff, and David Jackson called from the big blind. The flop came Kc10h10d, Jackson checked, Kempton bet 175,000, and Jackson called.

The turn card was the Qd, and both players checked.

The river card was the 6c, Jackson bet 925,000, and Kempton quickly called with AdAc. But Jackson turned over 10s5s to win the pot with trip tens.

David Jackson  –  7,420,000  (62 bb)
Isaac Kempton  –  2,750,000  (23 bb)

With seven players remaining, the average chip stack is about 4,980,000 (42 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $48,195.

Main Event: Ioannis Patsourakis Doubles Thru David Jackson

$1,700 WSOPC Main Event (Single Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 31:  60,000/120,000 with a 120,000 ante
Players Remaining:  7 of 1,162

Ioannis Patsourakis

David Jackson raised from the button to 260,000, Ioannis Patsourakis moved all in from the big blind for 1,585,000, and Jackson quickly called with KdJd.

Patsourakis turned over AdKh, and he was a dominant favorite to double up.

The board came 8s8h4c3s7h, and Patsourakis won the pot with his ace to double up in chips.

Ioannis Patsourakis  –  3,350,000  (28 bb)
David Jackson  –  6,375,000  (53 bb)

With seven players remaining, the average chip stack is about 4,980,000 (42 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $48,195.