Level 35 (400,000/800,000/100,000)
Total Entries: 1,857
Players Remaining: 5
Chip Average: 37,140,000
The early trend in Level 35 of flips playing a major role in the outcome of the Almighty Stack final table continued with Andy Spears eliminating Ryan Tamanini and Michael Murphy within a few hands of each other.
Tamanini open-shoved for 8,500,000 from early position and Spears called out of the big blind. Spears needed to catch with his K♦Q♦ against Tamanini’s J♣J♥. The A♦8♥2♥ put a backdoor out in play but the 6♣ reduced Spears to six immediate outs. The Q♠ on the river was exactly what Spears was looking for as Tamanini hit the rail. For his seventh place run, Tamanini earns $24,317 and his largest career BPO score.
Within the same orbit, Spears dispatched Murphy while being on the other side of the coin. Spears opened to 1,800,000 from the cutoff and Murphy jammed for about 13,000,000 on the button. The blinds released and Spears called with 9♦9♠ to put Murphy at risk. Murphy needed to catch with his A♦10♠ but missed on the ensuing K♥4♥3♥ flop. The 5♥ put a wheel draw and chop outs in play but the Q♠ river sealed the deal.
Murphy takes home $30,982 after being short-stacked for seemingly all of Day 2 and making his way to the final table. Spears is now playing 54,000,000 and trails Brad Jansen by less than 10,000,000. Kevin Kwak is the new short stack with 11,000,000 as the blinds are set to go up.