Play at today’s final table began where it concluded a day ago, halfway through Level 22, with the blinds at 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante.
The very first hand saw fireworks after Cristian Aceiton Ruiz opened from the cutoff, Helio Neves three-bet from the button, Ruiz called, and the pair saw a flop come 8♦4♠10♥. Ruiz then check-rased a bet from Martinez, pushing the pot toward 500,000.
Both checked the 7♣ turn, then Ruiz confidently led for 200,000 following the 6♥ river card. The Brazilian Neves tanked for some time before finally emerging with a call, and when Ruiz showed his A♠5♠ for a straight, Neves slowly mucked, having been knocked back down under 350,000 while Ruiz jumped up to about 1.35 million.
A couple of hands later came more action, with the short stack Ricardo Chauriye open-raising all in from early position for just over 200,000, getting one caller from Daniel Ramirez from a couple of seats over.
The board came an uneventful 4♥10♣10♥, then 10♦, then 3♣, and only half an orbit into the final table, the Chilean Chauriye’s day was done as he had finished eighth ($19,060).
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.