Aaron Van Blarcum Eliminated in 5th Place ($200,000)

Aaron Van Blarcum moved all in blind after a Phil Ivey and Wai Kin Yong couple of calls - Ivey, with [AsKd] re-shoved getting Yong (with [QhTd]) out of the way. Van Blarcum, to his surprise, turned over [AdKc] and proceeded to chop the pot. It was a short reprieve, however,

Yong Doubles Through Van Blarcum

Wai Kin Yong moved all in for 990,000 when it folded to him in the hijack with [QsJs].  Over to button Aaron Van Blarcum, who snap-called him with [TdTc] from a stack of 1,260,000.  Hands went on backs, the board running out [Qc9c7h8s7c].  Yong breathes more easily with over 2,000,000

“You Can’t Win If You Don’t Get a Call”

So says permanent Sochi finalist Aaron Van Blarcum, who insists that every time he's shoved he's been happy for a call (he just did exactly this with [AsQc] for 970,000 preflop, uncalled). "That's your story and you're sticking with it," remarked Cary Katz. "You can't win if you don't get a call,"

Mikita Badziakouski Turns Final Table Chip Lead to $765,000 Payday in Event #4

Mikita Badziakouski returned for Day 2 of Event #4: $50,000 No Limit Hold’em as chip leader and sailed through to victory with aggressive play and a little heads up deck-based help against eventual runner-up Artur Martirosyan.  He collected $765,000 after seeing off a star-studded final table, whittled from 45 entries,

Aaron Van Blarcum Out In 4th ($225,000)

Action now occurring at light speed, Aaron Van Blarcum was the most recent player at risk, moving in from the big blind for 650,000 with [As9h] over the top of a Mikita Badziakouski open in the cutoff.  Badziakouski had the dominating [AcKs] and proceeded to consolidate his newly-regained lead as

Artur Martirosyan Takes the Chip Lead

Having proven that Mikita Badziakouski can be beaten in a few smallish pots, Artur Martirosyan's stack has risen to the top of the counts in this level.