Not much change in the stacks after the first 15 minutes of heads up play. No river showdowns, just quick-fire button raises and many flops seen (without big pots growing subsequently), but the net result was, for a while, a slow climb further ahead by Igor Kurganov.
Then a good-sized pot went the other way: Kurganov opened on his button and Kahle Burns defended with , both hitting top pair on a flop. Neither player elected to bet – yet. On the turn, Burns led out for 725,000, called by Kurganov.
The river brought the and another lead from Burns, this time for 1,625,000. It was snap-called, and all of the small gains made by Kurganov recently were recouped by his opponent.