Level 16 (3,000/6,000/1,000)
Total Entrants: 511
Players Remaining: 69
Average Stack: 265,000
Michael Hager started Day 2 as the chip leader and hit an early dip to drop below 300,000 before the first break. It was almost a boom-to-bust as he was all-in and behind in the worst cooler of them all, but found a lucky double and is back amongst the lead pack.
Tarek Shakarchi opened for 18,000 from early position and a second player called behind before Hager three-bet to 45,000 from the big blind. Shakarchi clicked a four-bet to 115,000 and the second player got away of the way. Hager thought for a moment and then jammed for 299,000 total and Shakarchi called with A♣A♠. Hager started to gather his things as he turned over K♣K♠.
The Q♦J♥8♦ flop gave Hager backdoor straight outs and his equity improved on the 9♠ turn. Hager still had one foot out the door but the 10♣ river gave him a straight and one of the biggest pots of the main event.
Now back in his seat, Hager has 620,000 to work with while Shakarchi drops down to 130,000.