$25K High Roller: Closing in

It seemed to take only a few blinks but suddenly we're down to 14. Antonio Esfandiari is out, so too PokerStars Six man Ivan Demidov. But with blinds now 1,500-3,000 with a 300 ante things are getting pricey. Dennis Phillips is still taking advantage of the occasion re-raise, tangling regularly with Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu for at least another 50,000. Erik Seidel had fought the rear guard action but has also gone.

Others are moving all-in, but with no takers, as we wait for six more eliminations. Josh Arieh tries it twice just for blinds, then doubles up through Nick Schulman with K-T against J-T. Steve Biliarakis also just departed.

(chip counts are approximate)

Table 1
Denis Phillips - OUT
Bill Edler - 73,000
Scott Seiver - 250,000
Eli Elezra - 280,000
Daniel Alaei - 320,000
Humberto Brenes - 310,000
Daniel Negreanu - 180,000

Table 2
Liya Gerasimova - 120,000
Nick Schulman - 185,000
Josh Arieh - 70,000
ElkY - 150,000
Julian van Till - 140,000
Wil Molsen - 151,000

Stop press: Denis Phillips is out. The PokerStars Six player was eliminated by Scott Seiver who made a flush on the river to Phillip's two pair. 13 remain.

Minutes before the end of the level Bill Edler moved all-in on an ace-high flop. Eli Elezra opted to fold an ace rather than call. That was the last hand before the 15 minute break.