Friday, June 26, 2015 9:54 PM Local Time
Alex Dovzhenko opens to 125,000 from the button and Young Ji calls in the small blind. Mark Dube slides out 500,000 from the big blind and Dovzhenko instantly says "pot".
Ji quickly folds and Dube re-pots to put Dovzhenko all-in. He calls to put himself at risk.
Dube holds and will need to hit to score the knockout against Dovzhenko's .
Dube does, as he flops the nut low and freerolls his way to two pair on a runout of .
The river locks up the scoop and scores the elimination, sending Dovzhenko to the rail in 3rd place. He'll make just over $90,000 for his podium finish.
Mark Dube and Young Ji will now take a short break, before coming back to play for the Event #49 title, with Mark Dube holding a slight chip lead, 3,350,000 to 2,810,000.
Friday, June 26, 2015 9:47 PM Local Time
Mark Dube raises from the button Alex Dovzhenko folds in the small blind and Young Ji looks at Dube from the small blind.
"This time I have to defend, I can't let you have three in a row otherwise you'll take four in a row," says Ji as he calls.
Both players check the flop of , they also check the on the turn. When the river hits, Ji bets Pot. Dube folds.
Friday, June 26, 2015 9:38 PM Local Time
Mark Dube limps the small blind and Alex Dovzhenko checks his option in the big.
Dube check-calls a bet of 75,000 on the flop.
Both players check the turn and Dube checks for a third time after the completes the board.
Dovzhenko immediately throws out a bet of 150,000 and Dube quickly folds.
Dovzhenko is now playing just under 1,500,000 while Mark Dube and Young Ji are both over the 2,000,000 mark.
Friday, June 26, 2015 9:30 PM Local Time
Alex Dovzhenko calls from the small blind and Young Ji checks his option.
The flop is and Dovzhenko bets 60,000. Ji calls.
The turn is the and Dovzhenko bets 150,000 this time.
"Three green chips?" asks Ji. The dealer moves the chips so they are easier for Ji to count. Ji calls.
The river is the and Dovzhenko checks this time. Ji puts out a bet of 175,000. Dovzhenko calls.
"Three ladies," says Ji. Dovzhenko mucks.
Friday, June 26, 2015 9:25 PM Local Time
Mark Dube limps the button and Alex Dovzhenko completes from the small blind before Young Ji checks his option in the big.
All three players check the flop and the blinds check the turn card as well.
Dube doesn't check for a second time, betting out 100,000. Dovzhenko calls and Ji folds.
The completes the board and brings a third check from Dovzhenko, but instead of just calling Dube's 275,000 chip bet, he check-raises to 1,050,000.
It's a pot sized raise that leaves Dovzhenko with just under 100,000 behind, so he's more or less putting his tournament life at risk.
Dube realizes that and spends nearly three minutes in the tank before eventually folding, conceding the pot to Dovzhenko.
Dovzhenko wins the first sizable pot of three-handed play and is now sitting behind a nearly 1,600,000 chip stack.
Friday, June 26, 2015 9:16 PM Local Time
Connor Drinan raises to 175,000 on the button. Mark Dube reraises to 400,000. Drinan calls, leaving only 70,000 behind.
He gets the rest of his chips in on the flop. Dube calls the 70,000.
"I got ace high clubs," says Drinan as he shows . Dube turns over
The turn and the river complete the board and Drinan's flush doesn't get there. Meanwhile Dube makes trip threes and Drinan doesn't have a low, so he is eliminated.
Mark Dube - 2,800,000
Connor Drinan - Eliminated in 4th place
Friday, June 26, 2015 9:06 PM Local Time
Friday, June 26, 2015 8:04 PM Local Time
The players are on a 60 minute dinner break. Four players will return from dinner.
Friday, June 26, 2015 8:01 PM Local Time
Over the last few hands there has either been a pot bet preflop or a pot bet on the flop and that has been enough to take down the pot. There hasn't been much opposition to preflop raises and the only time a flop is seen, is when there is a limper or a small raise.
Friday, June 26, 2015 7:59 PM Local Time
Connor Drinan completes the small blind and Mark Dube raises to 120,000 from the big. Drinan calls to see the flop.
He then checks the flop, with Dube sliding out a 240,000 pot-sized bet. Drinan calls, leaving himself just over 650,000 behind.
The falls on the turn and Drinan checks for a second time, with Dube quickly announcing "pot", with his bet being enough to put Drinan all-in.
The short stack elects to not call off for his tournament life, although it takes nearly a minute and a half for him to fold, eventually conceding the pot to Dube.
There are just a few minutes remaining in Level 26 before the players will take an hour long dinner break and the other three are likely happy about that timing, as they need to cool Mark Dube off if they don't want him to continue to chip up at this Event #49 final table.
Friday, June 26, 2015 7:54 PM Local Time
Connor Drinan raises to 90,000 and Mark Dube reraises to 310,000.
The flop comes . Dube bets the pot. After some hesitation, Drinan goes all in and Dube calls.
The turn is the giving Dube a pair of fours and an ace six low draw. Drinan has a pair of eights with the nut low draw. When the hits the river it reinforces Drinan's high hand, giving him two pair, but counterfeits his nut low draw. Dube will take the low and Drinan will take the high.
Friday, June 26, 2015 7:46 PM Local Time
Connor Drinan opens to 90,000 from the button and Mark Dube three-bets to 310,000 from the small blind.
The big blind folds and Drinan takes a quick inventory of his remaining stack before pushing out a call.
The flop barely has enough time to hit the felt before Dube verbalizes "pot", eventually putting out a stack of 660,000.
The bet is for a majority of Drinan's remaining stack and after a few moments of thought, he folds, conceding the pot to the big stacked Dube.
Dube is now playing just under 2,500,000 while Drinan is all of a sudden the shortest stack at this Event #49 final table.
Friday, June 26, 2015 7:43 PM Local Time
Mark Dube opens to 90,000 from late position and Young Ji calls in the blinds.
Both players check the flop, with Ji leading out for 200,000 after the pairs the board on the turn.
The completes the board and Ji checks, only to see Dube slide out a bet of 600,000.
Ji hates to see the bet and eventually folds, showing before mucking his final card.
Ji flopped the nut straight but was forced to fold by the river, as Mark Dube has continued to climb and is now playing just under 2,000,000.
Friday, June 26, 2015 7:37 PM Local Time
"My name is Young Ji," says Young Ji as he raises 80,000. Conner Drinan and Mark Dube call.
The flop is and Dube and Ji check. Conner Drinan bets 80,000. Dube folds and Ji calls. The turn is the and both players check. They also check when the hits the river.
Ji turns over and says, "king high straight."
Young Ji - 1,460,000
Connor Drinan - 1,040,000
Friday, June 26, 2015 7:24 PM Local Time
Mark Dube opens to 80,000 from the cutoff and Connor Drinan calls in the big blind.
He then check-calls a bet of 125,000 on a flop of .
Both players check the turn card and Drinan leads for 100,000 after the pairs and completes the board.
Drinan turns over which is good enough to take the entire pot.
It's a small loss for Dube and doesn't alter the leaderboard that much, but it has been an up and down level for the once overwhelming chip leader, as he's fallen back to the pack over the last hour or so.
From top to bottom, there is currently just a 400,000 chip difference from first to fourth on the Event #49 leaderboard, and one big pot could swing the dynamic and momentum anyone's way.
Friday, June 26, 2015 7:18 PM Local Time
Young Ji calls on the button. Conner Drinan calls from the small blind and Mark Dube checks his option.
The flop comes and all three players check. The turn is the and Drinan checks to Dube who bets 80,000. Ji and Drinan both call.
The river is the and Drinan checks for a third time. Dube bets 205,000 and Ji calls. Drinan folds.
"Queens full," says Dube showing .
A couple hands later, Ji and Dube are in another three way pot. This pot gets checked down. While the pot is being played Ji begins to chant, "let's go Ji, let's go," echoing the chant he has been hearing all day since the final table of Event #45 is being played right next to his final table.
"I've been hearing it all day, it's in my head," Ji says.
The rail, who is cheering on Timur Margolin asks his name and the floor tells them since Ji is in a hand. When the players check down to showdown, Ji scoops a small pot, but the rail is as loud as ever chanting, "let's go Young Ji, let's go!"
Mark Dube - 1,800,000
Young Ji - 1,300,000
Friday, June 26, 2015 7:08 PM Local Time
Alex Dovzhenko opens to 75,000 from the button and Young Ji calls from the small blind.
Both players check the flop, with Ji leading for a pot-sized 180,000 chip bet after the falls on the turn.
Dovzhenko calls and both players check after the completes the river.
"Two pair." Ji says, sliding over , giving himself and his rail a fist pump as Dovzhenko rechecks his cards, as he knows the pot is his.
It officially is after Dovzhenko folds and all of a sudden, after "grinding for three days", Young Ji is now playing just under 1,800,000 and the new chip leader of Event #49 with four players remaining.
Friday, June 26, 2015 7:03 PM Local Time
Friday, June 26, 2015 7:02 PM Local Time
Bryce Yockey raises from the button to 60,000.
"I bet the pot!" says Young Ji as he emphatically raises the pot. Yockey calls.
The flop is and Ji bets the pot again. Yockey reraises all in and Ji calls.
The board runs out giving Ji a full house, aces full of fours and eliminating Yockey.
Young Ji - 1,600,000
Bryce Yockey - Elminated in 5th Place
Friday, June 26, 2015 6:56 PM Local Time
Mark Dube opens to 75,000 and Connor Drinan calls in the big blind.
Drinan then checks the flop, with Dube continuing for 150,000. Drinan quickly announces himself all-in and while Dube asks for a count, Drinan tables his hand, thinking his opponent had verbalized "call".
He hadn't and Dube mumbles, "I didn't do anything yet." before Drinan quickly jumps on his cards to cover them up.
No one knows if or how much of Drinan's hand Dube saw but he eventually does call and Drinan officially tables .
Dube turns over .
The pairs Drinan on the turn and the completes the double up on the river, as Drinan goes from exposing his hand too early to having that hand get him a full double up with a timely turn card.
When the dust settles, Drinan is playing just under 1,200,000. He's also issued a one hand penalty for prematurely exposing his hand, something he gladly takes as he's now sitting second in chips.
Mark Dube still holds the chip lead but he's been cut down a few times this level, now playing just over 1,500,000.