Level 18 (5,000/10,000/1,000)
Total Entrants: 313
Players Remaining 15
Average Stack: 417,000
The action picked up speed as soon as the two table play started. Three players are out the door and Russell Licking (pictured) is the major beneficiary. The first player out is Greg Jennings at the hands of Michael Connors.
Connors raised to 20,000 in the cutoff and Jennings shoved for 160,000 in the big blind. Connors called with 10♣10♠ and Jennings needed to hit with A♦K♠ The 8♠7♦6♠6♥4♠ board locked up the hand for Connors and Jennings departs in 18th.
Kipp Smith shoved in early position for 62,000 and Bob Cosner called in the cutoff. Licking ripped for 240,000 effective and Cosner called off with Q♠J♠. Licking had the best of it with A♣A♥ and Smith's K♥J♣ needed some favors.
The Q♥5♥4♠10♥7♣ board gave Licking what he needed to bust both opponents. Licking is becoming a force with 610,000. All three eliminated players earn $1,884.