Level 19 (6,000/12,000/2,000)
Total Entrants: 511
Players Remaining: 32
Average Stack: 571,000
Paul Tong flopped a set on the money bubble and picked up a huge pot as a result, and is now once again the PPC Main Event chip leader after going set-over-set to eliminate Mike Lagnese.
Tong opened for a standard raise on the button and Lagnese called on the button to see a 10♣9♥3♦ flop. Tong continued for 50,000 more and Lagnese said “all-in” for about 800,000 with Tong snap-calling behind to create the largest pot of the tournament.
Lagnese showed 3♣3♠ but was in for a cooler as Tong turned over 9♦9♠. Needing a one-outer, the turn and river bricked to give Tong the pot. Once the stacks were counted down, it was confirmed that Tong had Lagnese covered and he is the chip leader with about 1,720,000.