It took around 90 minutes to see our first final table casualty here this afternoon. Xixiang Luo started as one of our shorter stacks and found the exit when his opponent Thomas Ward woke up with the best preflop hand possible.
Luo would need help after his all-in jam was called and he got a little on the J♥9♥3♣ flop. The 8♠ turn also gave him an open-ended straight draw but ultimately the 6♠ river bricked off to eliminate Luo. He would have to be content with seventh place and a HK$964,000 (~$124,000) payday.
Luo was in great shape to score a double up and stay alive until a cold river rolled off on the 3♦2♥2♦8♥Q♥ runout. Luo would exit five from the title to collect HK$1,205,000 (~$155,000).
Drinan had a rough day at the table as far as cards were concerned and was down to 10 big blinds during the hand that responsible for his exit. He pushed all in with J♦10♣ and was called by Zhou Zhou who held A♣9♦.
Drinan was live until the 6♦A♠6♥ flop left him in dire straits. The 2♠ turn meant he was drawing dead and the inconsequential 5♣ river rolled off to seal his demise. For this fifth place finish Drinan pockets HK$1,519,000 (~$196,000).