Thursday, June 9, 2011 : Event 10, a $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em Six Handed contest, saw 15 players – all that remained from an original field of 1 920 – return to the action on the third day, secure in the knowledge that they would each clear almost $20 000, but with eyes firmly fixed on the first prize of $544 388. Jeff Papola held the chip lead, chased by Alexander Wice.
The final table was reached relatively early in the evening, comprising Ravi Raghaven, David Lamplew, Eddie Blumenthall, Jeff Papola, Bryan Colin, Geffrey Klein, Alexander Wice, Anthony Spinella and George Jalkotzy, with Lamplew holding a sizeable chip lead.
Well before midnight Wednesday the elimination of Papola in third place for $214 410 set up the final clash between heads up opponents Geffrey Klein and Eddie Blumenthall, with the latter holding a 7 million chip advantage.
Undeterred, Klein produced a spirited and aggressive performance and when we went to press in the early hours of Thursday morning Vegas time the two were still slugging it out, with Klein almost 3 million chips ahead.