2013 World Series of Poker

Event #62: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event

Last Break of the Night

Actor Kevin Pollak and World Champion Greg Merson share a conversation between hands during the main event.

As the title says, the players are now taking their last 20-minute break of the night. When they return, they will play one more level before bagging and tagging for the night. Here’s what happened in this last level.

Greg Merson is still going plenty strong in his efforts to defend his Main Event title, as he is near the top of our leaderboard with 265,000.

Someone who is all too familiar with Merson is last year’s third place finisher Jacob Balsiger. Unfortunately for him, he was knocked out earlier in this level, when after getting crippled, he shoved with {k-Hearts}{j-Spades}. He was unable to catch up with the {a-Hearts}{3-Hearts} of Bodo Sbrzesny.

Doyle Brunson has been building his stack up all day, but he ran into a bit of a snag early in this level. Brunson rivered a queen high straight, but it was no good against the straight flush of his opponent. Despite taking that hit, Brunson has battled back to 168,000 at the break.

Lastly, Ruper Elder has gone from an average chip stack to one of our chip leaders, thanks to two virtually identical hands. Elder won two races, both times holding Ace-King, and both times being up against pocket queens. Elder is now sitting on 245,000.

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