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9:35pm: That's that

And that, finally, is the end of that for today. Leonardo Pires is the soaraway chip leader for a second consecutive night. Here's how it all played out today.


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9:30pm: Night steam
Level 18 - Blinds 3,000 - 6,000 (1,000 ante)

Martin McCormick came back from his one-round penalty with a pair of cameras following him.

"Wanna be all-in?" McCormick asked Ramin Hajiyev. Hajiyev had called the clock on McCormick earlier and McCormick got the penalty for swearing at Hajiyev.
"Your next big blind, I won't look, we go all-in," McCormick said.

He didn't have to wait until Hajiyev's next big blind though.

Hajiyev moved all-in for 74,000 from early position and action folded to McCormick's small blind.

"I don't have a hand I should go with," McCormick said. "But that steam."

McCormick had mentioned he was steaming a few times since his return. McCormick eventually called, but it took him a while. It wasn't because he was thinking though, it was because he was counting.

McCormick counted out 74 yellow chips and organized them into neat piles of five. When he was done, he pushed them into the center for a call.

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Martin McCormick and his towers of yellows

McCormick showed Q♥T♣ and Hajiyev was in the lead with A♠9♠.

The board ran 3♣9♦3♦4♣J♥ and Hajiyev doubled to about 160,000 while McCormick dropped to 500,000.

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Ramin Hajiyev: Do not push

9pm: Conclusion
Level 18 - Blinds 3,000-6,000 (1,000 ante)
Play has concluded for the day, but there's still lots to come. We have full chip counts for the entire field, a bunch more photographs and some late-night action (not that kind) still to come here. Then there'll be a wrap. So keep refreshing. -- HS

9pm: NOW I'm canceling my flight
Level 18 - Blinds 3,000-6,000 (1,000 ante)

Vasken Demlakian has a flight scheduled for tomorrow, and moments ago, he only had 87,000 in chips. So, he got them in blind.

"I'm not going to cancel my flight for nothing," he said.

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Four-way all in

Up against A♠K♦, A♦K♣, and Q♦Q♣, his T♠3♦ made a straight, and he quadrupled up on the last hand of the night.

"NOW, I'm canceling my flight!" he said. -- BW

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Vasken Demlakian: Change this man's flight

8:55pm: Ivan the terrible
Level 18 - Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

Ivan Barbuto is having a very good day out there in the Main Event as we approach the end of Day 3. Barbuto made a big bet on the river of a 6♠J♥6♥J♣Q♠ board and was paid off by Vasken Demlakian.

I'm not sure what Demlakian expected to see but it certainly wasn't quad jacks. Barbuto proudly displayed his monster and sweeped up another pot. He's up to 680,000 while Demlakian falls to 120,000. - RJ

8:50pm: Oliver wants some more
Level 18 - Blinds 3,000 - 6,000 (1,000 ante)

During the bubble period Justin Oliver wandered over and asked us to change his chip count. He said it had improved since our last update. "My wife is on the beach somewhere so I want her to know I'm doing well," he said.

Well Mrs Oliver, wherever you may be sit down because your man just got a huge double up to around 600,000. It means you've probably got another beach day ahead of you.

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Reasons to be cheerful for Justin Oliver

In the hand in question we reached the table to see a K♥6♦T♣ flop being fanned out. His lone opponent was Bejamin Zamani and he checked it over to the in-position Oliver. Oliver bet 35,000. Call from Zamani.

The 8♦ fell on the turn and a similar pattern occurred. Zamani checked, Oliver bet 70,000, call. There was now around 275,000 in the pot and after Zamani checked for a third time Oliver moved all in for 169,000.

After getting a count, Zamani went deep into the tank. He had about 350,000 in total and cut out the calling chips from his stack and put them to one side. He then counted the rest of his stack and seemed genuinely pained about what to do.

He thought for another couple of minutes, by which time a few cameramen and spectators had arrived, including Martin McCormick who was serving his one round penalty (see below). Eventually Zamani threw in a handful of blue 5k chips to signify a call and Oliver immediately turned over A♠A♥.

Zamani mucked face down but as it was an all in pot the dealer was duty bound to show his cards. She turned them over to reveal K♠7♠. - NW

8.45pm: Bokor, Shakerchi out
Level 18 - Blinds 3,000-6,000 (1,000 ante)

David Bokor has just been eliminated after losing the last of his short stack following an unsuccessful attempt to outdraw pocket aces with ace-queen.

And on a neighboring table Talal Shakerchi has been eliminated as well. With the tournament clock showing 20 minutes left to go here on Day 3, there are 82 players remaining. --MH

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Talal Shakerchi: No chips left

8:41pm: Booze ban and one-orbit penalty for McCormick
Level 18 - Blinds 3,000-6,000 (1,000 ante)

It's all fun and games, but sometimes it goes a little too far.

On a board of 6♥7♣T♥, McCormick checked and then called Renaud Desferet's 30,000 bet. The turn was the T♦, McCormick checked again, and now the bet from Desferet was 65,000. McCormick thought for a minute or two, looking around the room--and away from the table at times--as he did it. This caused Ramin Hajiyev to call the clock, angering McCormick.

He began berating Hajiyev, going as far to call him "a f***ing idiot". He eventually folded his hand, despite announcing he had a pair and a flush draw, and when he got out of his seat he went over to Hajiyev and gave him a tap on the shoulder, albeit relatively gentle, before heading out of the room.

Outside in the hallway, McCormick paced down the corridor, visibly frustrated. Inside the poker room, the tournament staff discussed what McCormick's penalty would be. It was confirmed that McCormick is to take a one-orbit breather, and is not to have any more drinks until play is over for the day.

We're not sure whether that means a booze ban just for today or for the rest of the tournament; I guess we won't really know until tomorrow, if he makes it through. --JS

8:40pm: Toby gets waxed
Level 18 - Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

Day 1A chip leader Toby Lewis is in that rare position of having fewer chips now than he did two full days of play ago. He's now down to 130,000 after calling a big bet with ace-jack on the river. The board read J♦5♣7♠4♦7♦.

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Matt Waxman: Hiding the nut flush

Ace-jack is a pretty good hand but the only problem was that his opponent, Matthew Waxman, held A♦T♦ for the nut flush. Lewis now has just over 20 big blinds to work with. - RJ

8:35pm: Mercier busts Vieira, nears 700k
Level 18 - Blinds 3,000 - 6,000 (1,000 ante)

Tomas Geleziunas raised to 14,000 from the hijack and João Vieira moved all-in. Jason Mercier re-shoved from the big blind and Geleziunas folded.

Vieira showed A♥K♥ and wasn't happy to see Mercier's A♠A♣.

The board ran 2♠6♠3♣Q♠Q♥ and Vieiria hit the rail with his triangular seat cushion thing.

I would've sucked out," Geleziunas said. "King queen."

But Mercier raked in the chips instead and rose to about 700,000. --AV

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Jason Mercier: Building a stack

Jason Mercier -- 700,000
João Vieira -- OUT

8:31pm: Oliver downs Dicrisco
Level 18 - Blinds 3,000-6,000 (1,000 ante)

Vittorio Dicrisco was down to his last 95,000 chips and when the table folded around to him on the button he declared he was committing all of them. Justin Oliver was next to act in the small blind and he reraised all in over the top, pushing out the big blind.

Oliver had J♥J♠ while Dicrisco showed Q♣T♣. The flop did pair Dicrisco, coming 3♠T♥4♥, but the turn was the 4♦ and river the 5♠, meaning Oliver ended with the better two pair and Dicrisco was out.

Oliver is up to 295,000 now. --MH

8:30pm: Gregg bakes the winner
Level 18 - Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

Tony Gregg is one of the more formidable players left in the field and he just won a decent pot that he will be wishing was much bigger. Gregg, in the big blind, called a raise from David Eldridge holding A♥Q♠.

The Q♣5♣K♥ flop gave him middle pair and he check-called a 16,000 Eldridge bet. The A♣ turn gave Gregg two pair but he continued to play it coy, check-calling 33,000 this time. The Q♥ river was bingo for Gregg.

Holding a full house he checked once again, hoping for a third Eldridge bomb. But the Eldridge jets were cooled and he checked behind. Gregg took down the pot and sits on 390,000 as we approach the final half hour of the day. Eldridge has 680,000. - RJ

8:25pm: Cold, cold Winter
Level 18 - Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

Sean Winter has been below the average all day long and his luck has finally run out. Winter jammed pocket sixes for 120,000 over an initial raise. He found an appreciative Rumen Nanev holding a pair of jacks. The jacks held up on the K♥8♥3♣5♣9♠ board and Winter froze over in 86th spot. He collects $10,840 for his troubles. - RJ

8:20pm: More for McCormick
Level 18 - Blinds 3,000 - 6,000 (1,000 ante)

You've got to hand it to Martin McCormick, he does something most others at the poker table do very little of. Not talk - although he is very chatty - but tell the truth.

He was in a pot against Renaud Desferet that had reached the river. There was a 2♥4♣5♣A♠7♠ board on the felt and McCormick bet 35,000. As Desferet was thinking about calling McCormick put on another show of speech wizardry, and addressed Fedor Holz, who had just come to the table.

"I'm so glad you're here Fedor," he began. "I've won this hand he's not going to call and if he does he'll lose."

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Martin "Honest" McCormick

He then turned to Desferet and said: "You've played with me all day, I tell you what I've got all the time."

Eventually Desferet folded and McCormick showed the 3♥ for the turned straight. His image is certainly paying off for him right now as he's up to 700,000. --NW

8:15pm: Koon KOs McNamara
Level 18 - Blinds 3,000-6,000 (1,000 ante)

Christopher McNamara has seen his PCA Main Event run come to a end after losing a preflop all-in over on the feature table versus Jason Koon.

McNamara had A♠2♠ and was hoping to improve versus Koon's Q♣Q♥. But the board came nine-high -- 9♥6♥7♥3♣9♠ -- and McNamara is out. Koon looks to have about 200,000 now. --MH

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Jason Koon, sitting pretty

8.10pm: Comfortable lead, Alvarado out
Level 18 - Blinds 3,000 - 6,000 (1,000 ante)

Leonardo Pires is a man who enjoys being in the lead.

Yesterday there was an empty seat to Pires's left and he moved his large stack there. He'd look over at it lovingly every minute and eye it up and down.

When he came back from this past break, his first duty was to recount his stack to make sure he wasn't dreaming. He's not. Pires has a commanding lead in one of the largest tournaments of the year with fewer than 100 players left.

His stack was the same as before break--minus one ante--and Pires sat back in his chair and admired it again.

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Leonardo Pires: Comfortable leader

It's arranged in a triangle and he gently tightened and tapped it until it was just the way he wanted. All Pires needs is one more stack to make it a perfect triangle.

He tried to get some of those chips from Brandon Crawford. Crawford raised to 14,000 from middle position and Pires called from the hijack.

The flop came J♥2♦Q♥ and Crawford bet 15,000. Pires looked down at his stack and then the board, then he folded.

"I had the manzanas," Crawford said, although the Portuguese word for apple is maçã.

Then the table lost a player who did speak Spanish.

Marco Lang raised to 13,000 and JC Alvarado moved all-in for 41,000. Lang called and showed A♦T♣, which was better than Alvarado's Q♦J♣.

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JC Alvarado: Adios

Alvarado needed to improve to survive but it was Lang who paired the 8♦9♣5♥8♥A♥ board. --AV

Leonardo Pires --1,470,000
Brandon Crawford -- 620,000
Marco Lang --250,000

8:05pm: O'Dwyer out
Level 18 - Blinds 3,000-6,000 (1,000 ante)

This year's $50K Single-Day High Roller champion Steve O'Dwyer was just eliminated in a hand versus Ilkin Amirov.

After O'Dwyer pushed all in for his last 90,000 from the cutoff, Amirov called from the button, showing A♦Q♣ while O'Dwyer had A♠4♥. The community cards came 9♠8♣J♦A♥5♥, giving both a pair of aces but Amirov the pot thanks to a better kicker.

Amirov has about 215,000 at present. --MH

Ilkin Amirov - 215,000
Steve O'Dwyer - OUT

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Steve O'Dwyer

7:55pm: Crute force
Level 18 - Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

Jono Crute has had a challenging day sandwiched in between tournament titans Sam Chartier, Stephen Chidwick and motormouth Martin McCormick. Crute's stack has been dwindling down for a while now but he just won a big one to get him right back to safety.

McCormick started it by raising to 15k. Ramin Hajiyev called from mid-position and Crute called from the small blind. Crute checked the T♥9♦6♥ flop over to McCormick who bet 24,000. Hajiyev called. When it was back on Crute he decided it was time to play for all of it and pushed his stack into the middle without saying a word.

It was 165,000 more to call. McCormick yelled, "Hey Belfast! Is it a straight or a flush draw?" Crute, who hails from Belfast hence the catchy moniker, sat there impassive to the noise. McCormick got up from the table and was swiftly instructed to sit back down by the dealer. He complied and eventually made what looked like a disgusted fold. Hajiyev folded much faster and Crute won the pot without showdown. He's now up to 255,000. - RJ

7:50pm: Gallardo out
Level 18 - Blinds 3,000/6,000 (500 ante)

Max Gallardo is the latest player to head to the rail. He shoved with pocket sixes and was fine until the turn against Shawn Buchanan who held A♥J♣.
The board ran Q♣T♦3♠K♠K♣ to send Gallardo out. Buchanan is up to 240,000.-SB

7:45pm: Robinson stranded
Level 18 - Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

Fabian Rabah just sent David Robinson to the rail. Robinson was all in from the cut off for 70,000, with Rabah in the big blind. He tanked for a while but eventually called, showing 8♣8♠ to Robinson's A♦J♠.

The board ran 8♥4♦K♦3♥Q♦ to send Robinson out, although not before complimenting Rabah on the call.-SB

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A double on the bubble, but Robinson now stranded

7:41pm: 6666 - the number of Toby Lewis
Level 18 - Blinds 3,000-6,000 (1,000 ante)

Toby Lewis has just doubled up. Antonio Pinhel min-raised to 12,000 in the hijack and Thomas Petre called on the button. Lewis then shoved for his last 74,000, Pinhel got out of the way and Petre called with K♦Q♦. It was pocket sixes for Lewis, but that almost instantly improved to a set when the flop proved to be 4♥6♠5♦. Another diamond would have provided a sweat, but the A♣ turn c hanged nothing. The 6♣ on the river made it 6666 for Lewis; four of a kind and a double up to 162,000. --JS

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Toby Lewis back in the game

7.40pm: Felipe's day on the feature
Level 18 - Blinds 3,000-6,000 (1,000 ante)

Friend of Team PokerStars Felipe "Mojave" Ramos has been battling away on the feature table all day and into the early evening.

Ramos made it all the way to 18th in this same event last year, a finish he's hoping to better this time around. He's part of the last 100 at least for sure.

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Felipe Ramos: Feature table star

At 99,000 to start the day, he'd pushed up to about twice that at one point, then lost an all-in preflop hand with pocket fives versus an opponent's pocket fours when the latter drew out quads. But he recovered from that one and now sits with about 150,000 entering the final level of the day. --MH

7.35pm: MacPhee departs
Level 18 - Blinds 3,000 - 6,000 (1,000 ante)

Kevin MacPhee is one of the early eliminations from Level 18. No second title for him. --HS

7.10pm: Tough break for Mercier
Level 18 - Blinds 3,000 - 6,000 (1,000 ante)

This one actually happened in the last level, but it's not all that important.

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Jason Mercier: Relaxed

Kevin McPhee counted out some chips and put them out on the river of a 4♥3♠7♠5♦Q♣ board.

"Thirty-five," the dealer said.

Jason Mercier perked up while a massage therapist dug into his back.

"Did you say 35?" he asked.

The dealer nodded and Mercier looked down at his stack. With more than 500,000, he had enough to cover it.

"You said 35 right?"

The dealer confirmed the amount again. Mercier looked back at his stack and moved all-in. MacPhee snap-called and both players showed a straight. Mercier had 6♦6♠ while MacPhee showed A♣6♣.

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Kevin MacPhee

"I thought you said all-in," Mercier said while the dealer was chopping the pot. "I was gonna snap you off but it was 35. I was sure you said 35."

Then Mercier lost another pot and $100.

Mercier raised to 10,000 from under-the-gun and Tomas Geleziunas called from the cutoff. Dan Hindin called from the big blind and the flop came 6♦5♠T♣. All three players checked the 6♦5♠T♣ flop and Mercier bet 19,000 when the K♦ hit the turn. Geleziunas folded and Hindin raised to 56,000.

Mercier called and a J♦ completed the board. Hindin checked and this time Mercier checked behind.

Hindin tabled K♥T♦ and Mercier nodded.

"How about a race?" Mindin asked Mercier. The hand had extended into the break and tournament staff were racing of the 500 chips.

"Sure," Mercier said. "$100. Suits count if we get the same card."

Mercier: 6♦
Hindin: 8♦

Mercier paid the massage therapist and Hindin and went to enjoy the remainder of his break. -- AV

7:06 pm: Break time
Level 17 - Blinds 2,500-5,000 (500 ante)
The chinking of silverware on plates coming from behind the big curtain that conceals the TV crew suggests that this break might be last a little longer than usual. Indeed, it's a 30-minute break.

The big boards shows 99 players remaining. One more level to go before play concludes tonight. --MH

7:06 pm: "Behave, you guys!"
Level 17 - Blinds 2,500-5,000 (500 ante)

"I'm not looking again! Behave, you guys!"

The player in the big blind announcing that he wasn't looking at his hole cards and admonishing his opponents not to raise was Martin McCormick. If you were here you'd know probably know that, though, as long ago the Scotsman introduced himself to everyone at his table, and many of those at the surrounding tables where he's been visiting between hands.

It folded to Giulio Spampinato in late position who disregarding the suggestion decided to raise to 10,000, and soon the action was back on McCormick.

"On me?" he asked. "I no look... I call."

The flop came 7♣9♣J♦ and still without having checked his cards, McCormick checked. Spampinato then bet 11,500. "Now you're making me look!" said a smiling McCormick. "If I wake up with nine-seven, you're in trouble!"

He looked. He called. The turn then brought the K♣ and a couple of checks.

"Ohhh... you are in trouble," he continued then saw the board come J♣. McCormick checked again and stood up holding his cards with his hand.

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Martin McCormick: Chat-man

"You want to check or bet and I call? You lose either way," said McCormick. Undeterred, Spampinato bet 30,000. "Ohhhhh!!!! You have a club? You have a club!" said McCormick, who after more histrionics finally let his hand go while briefly showing it -- A♠K♥.

He continued to ask Spampinato about his hand, but the latter let him remain in doubt. He even came around the table to invite Spampinato to whisper to him what he had, but Spampinato grinningly resisted.

Back in his chair, McCormick began the next hand with another question for the table."

"Why's everybody so secretive?" --MH

Martin McCormick -- 460,000
Giulio Spampinato -- 305,000

7:05pm: Ace against ace
Level 17 - Blinds 2,500/5,000 (500 ante)

On a flop of 4♦2♦3♠ Steve O'Dwyer checked to David Kitai who bet 15,000. O'Dwyer called for the A♠ on the turn. Both checked and the A♥ landed on the river. Things stayed cagey, with both players checking. O'Dwyer turned over ace-deuce. Kitai mucked, but said he had ace-king.-SB

Steve O'Dwyer - 158,000
Davidi Kitai - 280,000

7pm: Ruberto Jr wins classic race against Buchanan
Level 17 - Blinds 2,500 - 5,000 (500 ante)

The most classic of all poker races is queens against ace-king, and here was that classic race right at the end of Level 17.

Anthony Ruberto Jr shoved for 80,000 with A♣K♠ and Shawn Buchanan looked down at Q♦Q♣. He called from his stack of 135,000 and watched on as a 8♦K♣5♥2♣T♣ board hit the felt.

Score one for the over-cards in the classic race stakes. -NW

Anthony Ruberto Jr - 167,000
Shawn Buchanan - 55,000

6:55pm: Too long for me
Level 17 - Blinds 2,500/5,000 (500 ante)

At the end of this level, players will go on a 30 minute break. Most other breaks have been only 15 minutes in length, and this has got some players confused.

A gaggle of contenders - including Martin McCormick, Kevin MacPhee and Ramin Hajiyev - are unhappy about the extension and want a shorter break. However, after being told that the longer break is for the benefit of the TV production crew, any mutinous feelings seem to have dissipated for now. - RJ

6.50pm: Aces for Mercier
Level 17 - Blinds 2,500-5,000 (500 ante)

Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier's stack has just shot up the rankings. He opened to 10,500 and found two callers in Kliment Tarmakov and Neeraj Madhvani. The flop presented the 5♠Q♦7♥, which Tarmakov checked over to Mercier. He made it 13,000 to play but that wasn't big enough for Madhvani who raised to 32,000. Tarmakov got out of the way and Mercier made the call.

When the 8♦ landed on the river it was Mercier who acted first, and he made it 58,000. Madhvani didn't waste much time calling, but he couldn't beat Mercier's A♥A♦. Mercier is now up to 493,000, while Madhvani has slipped to 182,000. --JS

6.45pm: Fedor over Fabian
Level 17 - Blinds 2,500-5,000 (500 ante)

Fedor Holz raised from middle position and got a caller in Fabian Oritz playing from the big blind. The flop came K♣5♦3♠. Ortiz checked, Holz bet 14,000, and Ortiz called. Ortiz then led with a bet of 25,000 after the 8♣ flop, and after some study Holz called. The pair then then checked down the T♠ river.

Ortiz showed 6♥4♠ for a busted straight draw, while Holz showed 2♦2♠ to claim the pot. Holz is now up to 474,000, well over the average at the moment (of about 273K) with 102 players left. Meanwhile Ortiz has 183,000. --MH

6.40pm: Two double ups
Level 17 - Blinds 2,500/5,000 (500 ante)

Two double ups on separate tables. The first fell to Rory Brown of Ireland, whose king-queen proved successful against the 5♠3♠ of Alexander Lynskey. A double up for the Irishman, just not a big one. He is still on around 60,000.

Then Rui Milhomens doubled through Jonathan Jaffe when he shoved with A♥K♣. Jaffe called with 9♥9♣ and watched the board bring an ace: 4♦6♣7♦A♠J♦. Milhomens is up to 200,000.-SB

6:35pm: Montreal hates Toronto
Level 17 - Blinds 2,500/5,000 (500 ante)

That's the opinion of a man who comes from nowhere near either of these two fine Canadian cities: Martin McCormick. The Scotsman is desperate for his table to liven up a little and chat more. It's easy for him to say - he's got tons of chips and has been enjoying some refreshment from the bar this afternoon.

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Martin McCormick: Centre of attention

His latest attempt at instigating some conversation came when he made the assertion that people from Montreal hate those from Toronto. Sam Chartier, who is French-Canadian, told him it was baloney. Northern Irishman Jono Crute, who has been living in Toronto for three years, agreed and said the only thing they hate each other about is sport.

This seemed to shut McCormick up - for a moment. Then he transitioned into a discourse on Canadian ice hockey teams. Poor Stephen Chidwick, who is sat directly to the right of McCormick, readjusted his headphones and made sure that they are firmly in his ears. - RJ

6:31pm: Pires finally loses one, Conniff benefits
Level 17 - Blinds 2,500-5,000 (500 ante)

Three players saw a flop come J♠2♦K♦, having created a pot of about 25,000 between them. When Leonardo Pires bet 10,000, his first opponent folded but Asher Conniff put out a raise.

Pires responded with the announcement that he was all in, and Conniff called in a flash, committing his last 143,500.

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Leonardo Pires: Has enough chips to lose a few

Conniff had K♣J♥ for top two pair but needed to fade a diamond as Pires turned over A♦3♦. The turn was the 8♣ and river the 9♣, and Conniff survived.

"Just a flesh wound," joked the table, regarding the hit to the massive stack of Pires, and the Brazilian smiled in response. Meanwhile Conniff expressed amazement that Pires had finally lost one, he'd been running so well for so long.

Pires has about 1.3 million still, while Conniff bumps up to about 310,000. --MH

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