The remaining players are now heading on a 90-minute dinner break. Play will re-commence at approximately 8:25 p.m. local Las Vegas time.
The final level before dinner break began with several notables improving on their chip stacks as Marvin Rettenmaier, Michael Mizrachi, Ari Engel, Rachid Ben Cherif and Matt Marafioti. However recent bracelet winner Matt Perrins headed to dinner early alongside Danny Wong and FC Barcelona and Spain centreback Gerard Piqué. Piqué shoved a flop with but was called by James Alexander's set of eights, and when the board paired on the turn, Piqué was drawing dead.
As the level came to a close 2005 World Champion Joe Hachem, two-time bracelet winner Vanessa Selbst, Owais Ahmed, Randy Lew, Brian Lemke and JC Alvarado all found themselves on the rail as the likes of Phil Ivey, Jamie Gold and Jean-Robert Bellande began climbing up the leader board. However as the last few hands were being dealt for level eight, it would be Dirk van Luijk soaring to the top after flopping trips and improving to a full house.
Three-time WSOP bracelet winner and past November Niner in Mizrachi would have something to say about van Luijk being on top as he won a massive pot in the final few minutes that saw him surge to over 550,000 in chips. Mizrachi held on a flop against Robert Deppe. Mizrachi then called a bet when the landed on the turn before he led for 120,000 when the river landed the . Deppe eventually found a call tabling his , and with Mizrachi rivering Broadway, he would take a monster lead to dinner.
As players enjoy a feast of fine-dining or fast food, take a few minutes to watch our very own Lynn Gilmartin interview Sam Trickett about the next stop on his poker journey following his recent elimination.