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LAS VEGAS -- Three big pots and one elimination defined the past half-hour of play and resulted in two new chip leaders for the first time on Day 8.
|Konstantinos Mamaliadis was eliminated in 13th place by Eoghan O'Dea.|
John Hewitt, an online professional poker player from Costa Rica, made a great read on Pius Heinz of Germany early on. With the blinds at 120,000/240,000 with a 30,000 ante, Hewitt opened the pot to 525,000. Heinz, remaining aggressive, three-bet to 1.1 million, and Hewitt, undeterred, made the call. The flop came Kc-2c-4h, Hewitt checked and Heinz bet nearly 1 million. Hewitt called and checked after the turn brought the 6d. Heinz continued with the pressure and led out again for 2.1 million. Hewitt, beginning the pot with 18 million in chips, made the call once again. The river was the 10c, potentially completing a club-flush. Heinz remained on the offensive and bet 4.4 million. Hewitt made the call, showed pocket queens and began to stack the the pot worth 17.8 million in chips as Heinz mucked. With a chip count of 27.8 million after the hand, at that moment Hewitt was in second place. He appears to be in great position for a final table appearance. Heinz, after chipping up dramatically during the first two hours, was left with 16.2 million after the hand and lost a few more pots later on to currently sit at 13.2 million.
Hewitt grabbed the chip lead after Ben Lamb won an 8 million chip pot against Anton Makiievskyi. Lamb called Makiievskyi's flop and turn bet on a board of 6-K-2-6, and after a river king, both players checked. Makiievskyi flipped over A-J and mucked when he saw the 8-8 of Lamb. With the victory, Lamb chipped up to his high point on the day at nearly 19 million.
The second player to take the chip lead is the current chip leader, Eoghan O'Dea. The Irishman found himself in an unexpected all-in and call situation against Konstantinos Mamaliadis. O'Dea opened to the standard 625,000, and Mamaliadis three-bet all-in for his last 4 million. O'Dea made the call and showed 7-7. His opponent's holdings? 8-2. The sevens would make a straight on the river and knock out the South African short of the final table. He earned $478,174.
The blinds have increased to 150,000/300,000 with a 40,000 ante. Players are now guaranteed at least $607,882 in prize money.
Here's a look at the current chip counts:
Eoghan O'Dea (33.0 million)
John Hewitt (27.7 million)
Anton Makiievskyi (26.0 million in chips)
Ben Lamb (20.3 million)
Phil Collins (19.0 million)
Matt Giannetti (14.9 million)
Bryan Devonshire (14.0 million)
Pius Heinz (13.2 million)
Martin Staszko (12.8 million)
Badih Bounahra (12.2 million)
Samuel Holden (8.7 million)
Khoa Nguyen (5.0 million)