Alan Sass and Andrew Gaw have been doing their fair share of battling with one another here on Day 3. It all began early in the day with a big, big clash between the two that was an aces-versus-kings confrontation where Sass spiked a king to double up in a big way. In the following hand, the two collided again in what turned out to be a massive pot worth nearly 340,000 in chips.
From the cutoff seat, Gaw opened with a raise to 4,500 before play folded over to Sass in the big blind. Sass put in a reraise and made it 15,000 to go. With the action back on Gaw, he took his time, then reraised to 41,500. Immediately, Sass announced that he was all in. Gaw seemed very surprised by the move at first and looked as though he didn't like it. He kind of shook his head and then called after a couple of seconds.
When the cards were turned up, it was another war between two big pairs with Sass' behind the for Gaw. Gaw was the player at risk in the hand, and his entire stack of 167,700 in chips was on the line.
On the flop, the fell, and Gaw's kings stayed in front. The turn brought the , and now Sass was down to just the river card to spike a queen and win the hand.
In the aforementioned hand from earlier in the day, Sass was able to hit his two-outer king to crack Gaw's aces, but it wouldn't be this time when the landed on the river. Gaw's kings held up, and he won the pot to move back to a massive stack with very solid position in the tournament as the field approaches the money. Sass was left with just under 200,000 in chips.