|Блайндове||12,000 / 24,000|
We've returned to small pots and not too much action during three-handed play. To illustrate, the last orbit...
Debbie Pechac limped from the small blind and Jan Howard checked in the big blind. Both checked the flop. The turn brought the , and a bet of 50,000 from Pechac earned a fold from Howard.
On the next hand, Yen Dang got a walk.
Then Dang limped from the small blind and Pechac checked. Both checked the flop and turn, then Dang bet 25,000 following the river card and Pechac folded.
Yen Dang limped in from the small blind, and Debbie Pechac checked her option. The flop came , and when Dang checked, Pechac pushed out a bet of 25,000. Dang responded with an all-in push, and Pechac called right away.
Dang had gotten sneaky with aces, but Pechac had made the "Brunson" work for her as she'd flopped trip tens. (Ten-deuce was the hand with which Doyle Brunson won the WSOP Main Event in both 1976 and 1977, in the first instance suited spades.)
The on the turn made life a little less easy for Pechac, giving Dang a flush draw. But the river was the and Pechac doubled up.
Jan Howard raised on the button to 60,000 and got a call from Debbie Pechac in the small blind.
Both checked the flop. The turn was the . Pechac bet 50,000, and Howard called. The river brought the and another bet from Pechac, this time for 100,000. Howard called quickly, tabling . Her deuces were good, as Pechac had for busted flush and straight draws.
Down to 248,000, Angela Prada-Moed checked her cards from under the gun and pushed her stack forward, raising all in. It folded to Yen Dang who checked her cards and immediately announced she was calling.
Prada-Moed had picked up , but she'd run into Dang's . The situation brightened for a moment for Prada-Moed following the monotone flop — — giving her flush outs to go along with the two remaining nines. But the turn was the and river the , and we are down to three.
Level 23 is underway. With the earlier bustouts, supporters of the eliminated players have left along with the players, meaning the crowd here to watch four-handed play has thinned somewhat. They've grown quiet, too, as we're again seeing a sequence of hands falling into one of two categories — raise-and-take (ending preflop), or limped and either checked down or claimed with a single post-flop bet.
The increase in blinds and antes this level may well be forcing someone to get aggressive soon, the most likely candidate being the short stack, Angela Prada-Moed.
Reaching the end of Level 22, the final four have left for another 20-minute break.