Back when the blinds were still at 10,000-20,000, Darren Elias min-raised from the cutoff to 40,000, and Sameer Batra called from the small blind.
The flop came , Batra checked, Elias bet 60,000, and Batra called. The turn card was the , and both players checked.
The river card was the , Batra bet 110,000, and Elias called. Batra showed to win the pot with two pair, fives and deuces, and Elias mucked.
Sameer Batra – 800,000 (40 bb)
Darren Elias – 150,000 (8 bb)
A little while later, after the blinds increased to 15,000-25,000, Darren Elias moved all in under the gun for 60,000, and Sameer Batra called from the button with .
Elias turned over , and he needed to improve to stay alive.
The board came , and Elias paired his ace on the flop to win the pot and double up in chips.
Darren Elias – 185,000 (7 bb)
Sameer Batra – 635,000 (25 bb)
With 10 players remaining from a field of 93, the average chip stack is about 930,000 (37 big blinds). The field is in the money, and the remaining players are all guaranteed at least $64,320 each.
Action is scheduled to continue tonight until there are nine players remaining for tomorrow’s final table, which is scheduled to begin at 12:00 noon EST.