Rifat Palevic is our chip leader and so we thought we would witness an orbit in the life of Palevic and the players who are seated at his table. Just prior to our arrival Sam Holden had lost a lot of his chips to Palevic and thus his grip on this tournament, albeit early, had tightened considerably. We reported earlier that the table was going to be a good one and even more so now Vadim Ifergan has sat down to the left of Palevic with 195,000 chips.
Ifergan raised to 3,000 under the gun and Sam Holden pulled 7,200 out from his considerably shorter stack and made the three-bet. The action folded around to Jake Cody, on the button, and he four-bet to 13,400 and both players folded.
Philippe Sintes raised to 3,100 in early position, Johnny Chan called and so did Ifergan in the big blind. The flop was and Ifergan bet 3,500 and only Sintes made the call. That was the end of the action as the and were both checked through and Ifergan won the pot holding .
Rifat Palevic raised to 3,200 on the button and took the blinds and antes.
Mohamed El Hamdi raised to 4,500 in early position and took the blinds and antes.
Sintes raised to 3,000 from middle position and took the blinds and antes.
Jake Cody raised to 2,400 under the gun, Sinter called in the cut-off and El Hamdi also called. The flop was and a 3,500 Cody c-bet took down the pot.
Sinter raised to 2,500 in the first position and won the blinds and antes.
Palevic raised to 3,400 in the first position and Jake Cody cold-called on the button. The flop was and Palevic checked to Cody who bet 3,700. The action returned back to our chip leader and he check-raised to 5,200 and Cody folded his hand.