The pace of play has slowed down in level 16, as many of the short stacks have been eliminated and the money bubble has come in sight. The players have been more selective with their hands and pre-flop all ins are becoming less and less frequent. But when three players make strong hands, the chips are still going in.
With the blinds at 4K/8K, it was a three-way pot between Srinivas Gottiparthi, Robert Riendeau and David Martinez, when we picked up the action on the turn. The board read . Gottiparthi, the first to act, checked to Riendeau, who moved all in for about 40K. The action moved to Martinez, who had roughly the same stack, and he went into the tank. Martinez eventually made the call, and Gottiparthi quickly followed suit. Hands were tabled that everyone had a piece of the flop, and the turn card improved each player’s holdings. It was for Riendeau, who turned trips, for Martinez, who turned a flush, and for Gottiparthi, who turned a higher flush. The river card was the , giving Gottiparthi the pot with his nine-high flush and letting add two bounties to his growing collection.