WSOP Bracelets still in sight for PokerStars' Chad Brown and Angel Guillen
The Amazon room is quiter than normal tonight. No big-field tournaments are being played out. Instead, we have the latter stages of four, plus the PokerStars.net NHL Charity Shootout (which we'll file a report on later).
Of the events that are nearing completion, two see PokerStars players in the hunt for a bracelet.
PokerStars Team Mexico's Angel Guillen is heads-up with Finland's Mika Paasonen in the $2,000 No Limit Hold'em, while Team PokerStars Pro Chad Brown is down to the last four, and second in chips, in the $10,000 Limit Hold'em.
To win one PokerStars WSOP bracelet tonight would be a result, but to win two? Who knows, anything in this game is possible.
Guillen is currently sitting on a comfortable 6.7 million chips to Paasonen's 2.4 and would appear to have things where he wants them. But Paasonen, who is a regular qualifier to PokerStars EPT events, is as cool as a cucumber and won't allow the relative stacks to get to him.
That said, the pace is visibly quickening, with pre-flop three-bets becoming more common as first Guillen - who finished runner-up in the $2,500 No Limit event - probes the right time to polish Paasonen off, and the Fin looks for the right opportunity to double up and even things up.
Brown, meanwhile, is looking composed over on the secondary feature table where the last four limit players are plugging away, nine hours after they sat down earlier today.
Chip counts there....
Pat Pezzin, 1,900,000
Chad Brown, Team PokerStars Pro, 1,600,000
Greg Mueller, 1,200,000
Daniel Alaei, 550,000