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