11.10pm -- We have a ten minute break at the end of the level and white chips are coming into play.
11.05pm -- After a period of small-ball jousting, there's a raise and a re-raise pre-flop with Espinar repopping Brenes to the tune of about 250,000. Brenes thinks and thinks, then he stands up and looks for all the world as though he's folding. But then ..... he folds.
10.55pm -- A sizeable pot goes to Alex Brenes, which levels everything up. Espinar mucked his cards at the end, but he had been beaten by two pair in Brenes's hand -- eights and fives -- which came on turn and river.
10.45pm -- This is kind of like live blogging a metronome. It's going backwards and forwards but the net result is always something similar: Espinar currently has 2,000,000 and Brenes 1,500,000. Tick, tock, tick...
10.30pm -- It's following a definite pattern here: Jose Miguel Espinar gets about a million chips ahead by playing small-pot poker, then Alex Brenes scoops a biggie and they get back even again. We're nearing the mid point of level 26 and they're all but even again. Tournament director Mike Ward is considering breaking out the white 25,000-value chips to take some of the strain away from the players who are doing a lot of shifting of chip towers.
10.15pm -- Almost imperceptibly, we're into level 26. The blinds now are 30,000-60,000 and a 5,000 ante.