PPC Main Event (Day 2): Hager Cracks Blades, Hits 600,000

Level 16 (3,000/6,000/1,000)
Total Entrants: 511

Players Remaining: 69
Average Stack: 265,000

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Michael Hager ran kings into aces but was saved on the river and is now over 600,000 near the money bubble. 

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 QJ8 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.

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