Hand #174: Cates kn the big blind received a walk while he had pocket nines.
Hand #175: Cates in the small blind with opened for 400,000. Colman in the big blind made the call with .
on the flop and with his flush draw Cates bet out 380,000. Colman instantly folded, pot for Cates.
Hand #176: Cates opened the button with for 350,000. Colman in the small blind with called, Kurganov folded.
920,000 in the pot and Colman checked on . Cates bet out 300,000 with top-two and Colman folded.
Hand #177: Colman folded his big blind and Kurganov announced allin. Kurganov had and shoved for 1,535,000. Cates instantly folded queen-nine off suit.
Cates and Colman discussed the hand, and Colman thought it was a bad fold against Kurganov's stack.
Hand #178: Cates opened with from the small blind for 400,000. Colman had in the big blind and made the call.
860,000 in the pot and on the flop. Both players checked and the on the turn saw the same action. The fell on the river and Cates bet 475,000. Colman said "This is weird" and thought about it for a little bit. He eventually folded and Cates took it down.
Hand #167: On a board reading , Igor Kurganov check-called a bet of 400,000 from Dan Cates. The completed the board on the river and Kurganov, who held the , checked and Cates, who held the best hand with the , bet 1.1 million. Kurganov folded and rightly so.
Hand #168: Dan Cates got a walk in the big blind.
Hand #169: Igor Kurganov moved all in for 2.195 million from the button with the and took down the pot.
Hand #170: Dan Cates called from the button with the and Igor Kurganov checked his option from the big blind with the . Cates led out for 160,000 on the , Kurganov called, and the peeled off on the turn. Kurganov checked, Cates bet 430,000, and Kurganov folded.
Hand #171: Dan Cates, who held pocket eights, got a walk in the big blind.
Hand #172: Dan Cates limped from the small blind with the , Daniel Colman checked his option from the big with the , and the flop came down . Both players checked, the dealer burned and turned the , and Cates check-folded to a bet of 280,000.
Hand #173: Dan Cates limped the button with the , Daniel Colman called from the small blind with the , and Igor Kurganov checked his option from the big with the . The flop saw Cates bet 160,000 after it checked to him, and only Colman, who had a flush draw, made the call. The turn paired the board, Colman led out for 600,000, and as a result he took down the pot.
Hand #166: Dan Cates limped from the small blind with the only to have Daniel Colman raise to 420,000 from the big with the . Cates made the call, the flop fell , and it looked like the fireworks would fly.
Cates checked, Colman bet 450,000, and Cates just made the call. The turn improved Cates to a full house, but it was also a scare card to Colman. Cates checked, and Colman used two hands to slide out a big bet of 1.15 million. Cates took his time before calling, and the completed the board on the river. Cates checked for a third time, but Colman checked behind.
With that, Cates took the chip lead from Colman in the last hand of Level 11.
Hand #159: Colman folded his button and Kurganov folded his small blind. Cates with got a walk in the big blind.
Hand #160: Cates limped in from the small blind with . Colman had in the big blind and raised it up to 320,000. Cates folded, pot for Colman.
Hand #161: Cates with on the button limped. Colman in the small blind with raised it up to 390,000 and Kurganov folded. Cates folded as well, again a pot for Colman.
Hand #162: Colman folded his button, but Kurganov with in the small blind pushed. Kates folded his king-four and Kurganov took it down.
Hand #163: Cates in the small blind had and opened for 300,000. Colman folded his nine-deuce and that was it for hand 163 of the day.
Hand #164: Colman with in the small blind limped in. Kurganov had and checked. on the flop and Colman checked. Kurganov checked as well and both did the same on the -turn. The fell on the river and Colman checked again. Kurganov bet out 150,000 and Colman instantly folded.
Hand #165: Kurganov opened with from the small blind. Cates in the big blind with called. on the flop and Kurganov bet out 275,000 with his top pair. Cates with the flush draw made the call.
on the turn and Kurganov checked. Cates checked behind. The river came the and Kurganov checked. Cates checked behind and had to leave the pot to Kurganov.
Hand #155: Dan Cates called from the button with the and Daniel Colman called from the small bling with the . Igor Kurganov checked his option from the big with the , and then all three players checked the flop. The turn saw Colman lead out for 240,000, Kurganov called, and Cates folded. When the completed the board on the river, Colman kept the pressure on with a bet of 540,000, and Kurganov folded the best hand.
Hand #156: Dan Colman, who held the , and Dan Cates, who had the , saw a flop of , and Catescheck-called a bet of 250,000. The appeared on the turn, which they both checked, and that was followed by the river. Cates led out for 675,000, and Colman folded his hand.
Hand #157: Daniel Colman got a walk in the big blind.
Hand #158: Daniel Colman moved all in from the small blind with the and Igor Kurganov called off for 1.165 million in the big blind with the . Kurganov was behind, but he was drawing to two live cards. The flop actually made Kurganov a 58% favorite with straight and flush draws to go with his live cards, and he made the straight when the hit the turn. The was put out on the river and Kurganov was shipped the double.
Hand #150: Cates limped in for 120,000 from the button with . Kurganov in the big blind had and made it 420,000. Cates rather quickly announced he was allin. Kurganov called and a 3,850,000 pot was at hand.
Ace-jack versus ace-king, Cates was a 69% favorite to win the hand. The flop was of no immediate help, and the on the turn took away all the back door outs, but added some "choppertunities".
The river came the and Cates planted his head in his arms. It was a chop and they both got back their invested money, and divided Colman's chips.
Hand #151: Kurganov opened the button with and both blinds folded.
Hand #152: Cates limped the button with and Kurganov checked his big blind this time with . on the flop and Kurganov check-folded to Cates' 220,000 bet.
Hand #153: Colman opened his button for 240,000 with and Cates called with in the big blind.
600,000 in the pot and the flop came , both players checked and they did so as well on the on the turn and on the river. Small pot for Colman.
Hand #154: Kurganov opened with on the button for 240,000. Colman in the big blind had and shoved allin. Kurganov couldn't call, and folded instead of risking it all.
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Hand #147: Dan Cates limped from the small blind with the and Daniel Colman raised to 420,000 from the big with the . Cates folded.
Hand #148: Dan Cates called from the button holding the and Igor Kurganov, who held the in the big blind, moved all in for 1.745 million. Cates folded.
Hand #149: Daniel Colman raised to 240,000 from the button with the and Dan Cates called from the big blind with the . The flop was nice for Coleman, but Cates didn't get any part of it. Cates checked and then folded to a bet of 200,000.