From early position, Matan Krakow raised to 3,600. Brian Roberts three-bet to 8,800 from the hijack. Action folded back to Krakow, he gave it some thought and then folded.
A couple hands later, Roberts opened with a raise to 3,600 from middle position and Krakow called from the big blind. The flop came down and Krakow check-called a bet of 4,000 from Roberts.
The turn was the and Krakow check-called a bet of 12,400 from Roberts and left himself with 35,200 behind.
On the river, Krakow checked and Roberts set him all in. Krakow tanked for several minutes before a player at his table called the clock on him. After about 30 more seconds, Krakow folded and Roberts won the pot.
We counted Jake Cody at right around the chip average of ~100,000 before dinner, but things are looking up for the Triple Crown winner in the after-dinner session.
We swept past the table a few minutes ago as he was winning a race to eliminate a player. It was Cody's ace-king flipping against a pair of jacks, and a king on the flop gave Cody the knockout. That boosted his stack a bit, but it appears he's done some more good work while we weren't looking. Our last count has him on about 260,000 now and in the mix of the big stacks.
Cody is one of the few left gunning for a second 2011 WSOP bracelet.
Over at the table in the back corner of the room, one containing Vadim Ifergan and Rifat Palevic, the topic of conversation is still that massive hand right before the dinner break. Palevic can't really seem to let the hand go, specifically the call that Ifergan made. He even asked Johnny Chan's opinion, who is also at the table.
"You call, Chan? With your stack?"
Chan shook his head no and then said, "He knows something I don't know."
Victor Ramdin scooped a nice pot just before the dinner break, but we were unable to get the action from it due to watching the Rifat Palevic/Vadim Ifergan confrontation. We just stopped over at Ramdin's table to ask him how the hand went down and he replayed the basics to us.
Ramdin opened with a raise to 3,000 from under the gun with two queens. One player called behind him and then Elio Fox three-bet from the small blind to 10,000 Ramdin said. Ramdin and the other player both called.
The flop came down with two hearts. Fox fired 13,000 and only Ramdin called to see the turn, which was a . Fox fired 16,000 and Ramdin called again with his queens.
The river was the . Fox fired 48,000.
"If it was any other card, he wins the hand," Ramdin said. Ramdin mentioned he'd have to put Fox on kings or aces. He also mentioned that he held the in his hand, so it was a blocker to Fox having a flush.
Ramdin made the call and Fox could only table . Ramdin's were best and he won the pot.
Just recently after the dinner break, Ramdin three-bet Dermot Blain's preflop open of 3,600 to 8,700 and won that pot. He's up to about 280,000 now and looking strong.
On a flop, we picked up three-way action as Dylan Wilkerson checked from the blinds. Constant Rijkenberg was the preflop raiser, and he continued out with a bet of 6,100. Alexander Kostritsyn raised it up to 15,800, and Wilkerson snuck in another raise -- all in for 66,900 total. That folded Rijkenberg rather quickly, but Kostritsyn wasn't doing anything quickly.
He had the dealer pull in the 15,800s, then sat in the tank and studied for several long minutes. He was mumbling to himself and shaking his head and trying to make heads or tails of the situation, shooting the occasional glance to his left to check on Wilkerson. Finally, and reluctantly, he folded.
Chip leader Rifat Palevic just lost a massive hand into the break to Vadim Ifergan. When we arrived at the table, Palevic had checked the flop to Ifergan and he bet 20,000. Palevic check-raised a huge, tall stack of gray T5,000 chips to set Ifergan all in. Ifergan tanked and tanked. He thought a few minutes into the break and then finally made the call.
"Wow, you called?" said Palevic and then turned over his hand to reveal the . Ifergan showed the for top pair, top kicker, but who have to dodge the turn and river in order to double up. He was all in on the flop for 153,300 in chips and this pot was worth well over 300,000.
The turn brought the and Ifergan was pleading with the dealer to keep the river clean. The dealer dealt the on the river and won the pot for Ifergan. He celebrated a little bit before counting out his stack for the dealer to verify. All Palevic could say was, "Wow, you call? You really called?"
Ifergan responded with, "I have nothing to lose in this tournament and I don't believe you. I bought into this tournament for $500 and I have nothing to lose, this is my first big buy-in live tournament and I have nothing to lose."
"Great call, great call," said Palevic as he sent over the chips. "Wow... wow."
Palevic saw his stack drop to 415,000. He's still in the lead, but suffered a massive blow. Ifergan moved to about 350,000.