Adria Balaguer raises to 60,000 in the hijack seat, Andrey Pateychuk three-bets to 160,000 in the cutoff and Michael Watson moves all-in for 90,000 in the big blind without seeing his cards. Balaguer makes the call thus creating a 140,000 side pot between him and Pateychuk and Watson has the chance to triple up.
Flop: 4 3 2
Balaguer check-calls a 230,000 Pateychuk bet.
Balaguer once again checks and Pateychuk maintains the pressure with a 340,000 bet. Balaguer folds and Pateychuk turns over A J and you could tell by Balaguer's face that he had folded the best hand. Watson meanwhile turns his cards over to reveal the mighty T 7 and the Q signifies the end for SirWatts.
Thomas Jorgensen Eliminated in 15th Place (€16,830)
Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante
(Photo: Thomas Jorgensen)
Michael Watson makes a standard raise before Thomas Jorgensen moves all-in for 280,000. Watson calls and turns over 8 8 and Jorgensen tables A J. The board ran out K Q 4 2 Q and Watson eliminates Jorgensen before counting up his 800,000 stack.
Michael Watson has just eliminated Andreas Wiese and here is how the hand went down. Watson opens to 17,000 in middle position and Wiese calls from his position on the button. The two of them share a flop of T 5 5 and Watson c-bets for 24,000. Wiese gives Watson the stare-down before moving all in for 130,000 and Watson calls. Watson spins over J J for the over pair and Wiese tables K Q for the flush draw with two over cards. The turn is the 7 and the river 5 and we have one very happy pappy and one not so happy pappy. Wiese heads to the rail and Watson heads towards the top of the leaderboard.
Can SirWatts win his second WPT title? There is a long way to go but he is doing all of the right things at the moment.
Michael Watson Takes The Chip Lead: O'Dwyer Eliminated
Level 17: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante
(Photo: O'Dwyer motoring at the beginning of the day)
Mike Watson has taken the chip lead after dismantling Steve O'Dwyer. O'Dwyer started like a house on fire but has not had the greatest of few levels and Watson has put an end to his Prague dream.
Watson raises from under the gun making it 11,000 to play and Steve O'Dwyer calls in the hijack. Mike McDonald is in the cutoff and he squeezes to 31,000 before Watson four-bets to 51,000. O'Dwyer is next to act and he moves all-in for 250,500. Timex has a what the hell is going on look on his face as he folds his hand and Watson says, "I guess you have got aces but I call," and we have an epic showdown.
Watson: K K
O'Dwyer: A K
Board: T 8 3 6 K
That hand put the Watson stack at 578,000 and O'Dwyer was down to 75,000. A few hands later and O'Dwyer moved that stack into the middle with Q Q and Watson called with K J. After a flop and turn of T 5 2 2 O'Dwyer was looking good for a double up, but the K made sure that all of O'Dwyers chips were now comfortably in the hands of Watson.