Level 17 (4,000/8,000/1,000)
Total Entrants: 511
Players Remaining: 54
Average Stack: 339,000
Hand-for-hand play lasted toward the end of Level 17 but before Level 18 arrived, Paul Tong eliminated Ryan Delaney to secure the field a $1,048 payday.
Tong limped in from under the gun and Delaney put in a raise to 38,000 in the hijack. The rest of the table folded back to Tong, who raised the action up to 196,000, which represented most of Delaney’s stack.
Delaney tanked for close to three minutes before saying “let’s do it” and moving all-in for 283,000 total. Tong called and turned over 8♥8♦, which was flipping against the A♥K♠ of Delaney. The drama was ended on the flop when an eight came right in the window. Tong locked up the double and racked up 840,000 to move to his next table.
Now officially in the money, Tong is the new chip leader as the main portion of Championship Sunday is underway.