Chip Counts

Antonio Esfandiari has closed the gap on chip leader Jonathan Duhamel, while Phil Hellmuth continues to slide.

The players chip stacks are as below. The +/- figure in brackets is their profit/loss since the end of the last level and the big blind figure is how many they have for the current level. Blinds are now 6,000/12,000/2,000a

Jonathan Duhamel – 544,000 (+36,000) 45.33 big blinds
Antonio Esfandiari – 517,000 (+116,000) 43 big blinds
Sam Trickett – 475,000 (-95,000) 39.5 big blinds
Scott Seiver – 275,000 (+27,000) 22.9 big blinds
Daniel Negreanu – 200,000 (+61,000) 16.6 big blinds
Marvin Rettenmaier – 180,000 (-31,000) 15 big blinds
Jungleman – 139,000 (-70,000) 11.5 big blinds
Phil Hellmuth – 70,000 (-32,000) 5.8v big blinds

Good level for

Antonio Esfandiari – A good level for Esfandiari who added 116,000 chips to his stack and now trails Jonathan Duhamel by only27,000 chips.

Daniel Negreanu – Negreanu had a good level, doubling up through Sam Trickett, though he did try an ill-timed bluff in a hand with Esfandiari to lose some of the tricks that used to belong to Trickett.

Bad level for

Phil Hellmuth – The 13-time WSOP bracelet winner continues to slide and is on course to pick up “the bagel” in this heat.

Hand of the level

Negreanu’s double-up aside, the best hand in our opinion was his bluff against Esfandiari and the latter’s great read to bet the river of a scary board.

Esfandiari opened to 18,000 with and Negreanu called with in position. The flop saw Esfandiari lead for 26,000 and Negreanu raise to 62,000 with his complete airball! Esfandiari called and the dealer placed the on the turn. After the flop action it was surprising to see both players check.

The river was the and Phil Laak – in the commentary booth – said Negreanu’s line looked a lot like a king, but Esfandiari read Negreanu perfectly and bet 55,000. Negreanu released his hand and Esfandiari won the pot.

View from the booth

“The Persian Prober!” a new nickname for Antonio Esfandiari given to him by Jesse May.

“Hellmuth sure knows how to squeeze a short stack. He’s a survivor.” claimed Jennifer Tilly.

“Forget the game ‘Lodden Thinks,’ this is ‘The World According to Jungleman!” – Jesse May invents a new game.

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