"This might be the longest of all the matches," Jason Mercier said as he and Shawn Buchanan chatted before their duel. He might have been right, but Mercier is doing what he can to make an early afternoon of it.
In their last clash, Mercier opened to 12,000 from the button, and Buchanan three-bet to 26,000. Mercier called the reraise, and he called a small bet of 15,000 on the flop. The turn came the to pair the board, and now Buchanan slowed down with a check. Mercier took his cue to bet, stacking out 43,000 chips into the pot and coaxing a fold from his opponent.