Besnik Ziba vs. Jason Mercier
Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
Jason Mercier raises to 27,000 from under the gun, Besnik Ziba calls from the small blind, and Sorel Mizzi calls out of the big blind.
Jason Mercier, Besnik Ziba, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Tournaments, Foxwoods World Poker Finals, Season IX
The flop comes down 862 and Ziba leads out for 42,000. Mizzi folds and Mercier raises. Ziba quickly announces he is all-in for 295,000 on top of Mercier's raise and Mercier thinks a minute or two before folding.
Before Ziba mucks his cards, he makes Mercier an offer.
"You can see one," he tells him. Mercier calls out, "jack," before he flips up one of Ziba's cards--the J. Ziba flashes another jack before he mucks his cards and takes the pot.
09:20 PM, 10/31/10
Besnik Ziba Doubles Through Sorel Mizzi
Level 19: 5,000-10,000, 1,500 ante
The flop comes down 986, Keven Stammen checks in middle position, and Besnik Ziba bets 50,000. Sorel Mizzi is in the cutoff and raises to 125,000. Stammen folds and Ziba announces he is all-in for 223,000.
Besnik Ziba, Sorel Mizzi, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Tournaments, Foxwoods World Poker Finals, Season IX
Mizzi calls and Ziba tells him, "I have top set," as he turns over 99. Mizzi shows 77 for an open-ended straight draw. The turn is the J and the river the 6 and Ziba fills up to take the pot and double up.
Besnik Ziba - 540,000 (54 big blinds)
Sorel Mizzi - 420,000 (42 big blinds)
06:49 PM, 10/31/10
Jeff Forrest Staying Active
Level 17: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante
Jeff Forrest raises to 14,000 from under the gun and Besnik Ziba calls from the button. The flop falls AK4 and Ziba checks. Forrest bets 22,000 and Ziba calls. The turn is the A and both players check. The river is the J and Forrest bets 45,000. Ziba folds and Forrest takes the pot.
Jeff Forrest, Besnik Ziba, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Tournaments, Foxwoods World Poker Finals, Season IX
Forrest still holds the chip lead, but he's dropped a few chips during this long hand-for-hand period. He seems undeterred though and is one of the most active players in the field at the moment.
Jeff Forrest - 830,000 - (138 big blinds)
Besnik Ziba - 210,000 (35 big blinds)
02:45 PM, 10/31/10