Ryan Hong has been getting perilously short here at the final table, but boosts his stack by moving all in over the top of a Han Wook Kim 50,000-chip opening raise from the small blind. It’s only 119,000 more for Kim to make the call but the Korean doesn’t look as though he wants to risk it and chooses to lay it down and wait for a better spot and drops down to 250,000 while Hong rises to 259,000.
This finds its way into the middle the very next hand after Divan Le Roux opens for 48,000 from the cutoff and Hong shoves from the button. This elicits a snap call from Le Roux who tables A♠ A♣, which is leading Hong’s Q♠ Q♥.
Hong needs to hit a Queen to survive and immediately does so when the dealer rolls over the Q♣ window card with the remaining board running out 5♠ 9♦ 8♣ 6♦ to bring Hong right back into contention with 578,000 in chips to play with.
Le Roux takes a hit but is still over the 1 million chip mark, but his misfortune is to Oliver Speidel’s benefit as the Australian now holds the chip lead with a stack of 1.15 million.
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