Brian Ray got it all in preflop for 600,000 with , and he needed to improve to stay alive against the of Fares Santana on the button.
The board came — Ray paired his nine on the flop, turned a flush draw, and rivered a spade flush to win the pot and double up in chips.
Brian Ray – 1,450,000 (15 bb)
Fares Santana – 840,000 (8 bb)
A few minutes later, Francisco Gomez got it all in from the cutoff for 1,270,000 with , and he needed his hand to hold to stay alive against the of Rob Manjura on the button.
The board came , and the pocket aces held up for Gomez to win the pot and double up in chips.
Francisco Gomez – 2,790,000 (28 bb)
Rob Manjura – 1,475,000 (15 bb)
A short while later, Fares Santana got it all in from the cutoff for 580,000 with , and he needed his hand to hold to stay alive against the of Paul Balzano in the big blind.
Fares Santana – 1,310,000 (13 bb)
Paul Balzano – 6,050,000 (61 bb)
With 11 players remaining, the average chip stack is about 3,170,000 (32 big blinds, and as soon as one more player busts, they will combine to a final table.