Franciscus Dekkers showed he is far from a one-trick pony and doesn’t need pocket aces or a set on the flop to accumulate chips! Dekkers dropped as low as 50k last level, but regathered and ran a stone cold bluff to take down a big pot and put himself in a commanding position with 100k, as the likely chip leader at the dinner break.
On a board of 4 3 5 5 Q, Dekkers suspected his opponent, who had called aggressively all the way to the river, was on a busted flush draw and led out with a 15k bet on the river with ace-high. His opponent mucked and Dekkers’ A9 landed him an 80k pot.
The players have taken a 50 minute dinner break and will return for 4 more rounds of play, with the blinds in Level 9 at 500/1000. At the conclusion of Level 8, there are 90 players left in the Day 1B field, with an average stack of 41k.
Scotty Nguyen enjoying his time in Sydney
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Meanwhile, the oldest contestant in today’s field Sam Silk has gone to the dinner break with four yellow (5k) chips firmly in his sights. Silk nursed his 20k for the dying moments of Level 8.