Josephy arrives at the final table on Sunday evening as chip leader. He started Tuesday night far behind, in third place, but doubled his stack to more than 101 million chips in the first hand.
Soon, it dropped to around 10 million. Despite petting her dog on the fence for good luck, she was knocked out when she went out with a queen and three; Vayo has a king who pairs up when the first three community cards are dealt.
The head-up game went back and forth until Hand 207, when Nguyen won the 30 million chip pot and took the lead. Two hands later, with 83 million already in the pot, Nguyen moves versatile with a flush; It took Vayo seven minutes to think about it before folding his two partners to visit Evodomino.
Nguyen methodically used the pressure of the larger chip count to cut across Vayo’s pile before he was forced to go all in four times in nine hands. On Hand of 298, Nguyen called a 52 million chip increase, putting Vayo at risk, but he took the pot when the shovels took turns giving him a flush.
Two hands later, he won a pot of 66 million chips with a full house to add to his stack to 143 million – only 49 million behind Nguyen.
But once again the pot is eaten up by the blinds, mandatory bets that force players to enter the pot or risk watching their bankroll slowly disappear.
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