A large collection of pros are starting to fill in the seats at the ESPN Main Stage. We've spotted Tom Marchese, Chris Moorman, Scott Clements, Sam Grafton and Amit Makhija are all in attendance to rail Jason Koon.
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The best floorman in the business, Robbie Thompson, is making the introductions and we should be underway shortly.
After the last significant hand that saw Koon take a monster lead, Naydenov's short stack got all in on the next hand.
The board ran and the river nine punched Koon's ticket to the Final against Leif Force.
Jason Koon slipped back after three-bet folding in the last hand. He was not to do that again.
Simeon Naydenov opened and then shoved when Koon three-bet. Koon made a quick call all-in for his remaining 963,000.
The board ran to pair Koon's queen. Naydenov very short now.
This NLHE level was a fairly cagey affair with few pots getting beyond the flop. One did but that pot was checked all the way down.
Then we had an all-in but no call.
Simeon Naydenov open to 60,000 to face a 160,000 three-bet from Jason Koon. He responded but four-betting all-in for more than a million chips, and that forced Koon to fold.
They're almost even in chips again now.
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After bleeding chips for the better part of an hour the last hand for Julian Powell sealed his fate. They got it all in preflop with Powell at risk.
The board ran and Force will play for the bracelet this evening on the Main Stage.
Jason Koon was really upping the pressure after he took the lead, and had Simeon Naydenov down to a little more than 300,000 before another big one.
Koon raised to 52,000 and Naydenov called to see a flop.
Naydenov check-raised all-in after Koon continued for 100,000. Koon was committed and called.
Koon: for top pair, overs, and backdoor flush draw.
Naydenov: for two-pair.
The board ran out . Koon picked up the flush draw but his opponent filled up on the river.
Julian Powell is on his last bullet and has been leaking chips. He just opened to 40,000 and Leif Force potted to 120,000 and Powell called. The flop came and Force immediately put out enough chips to put Powell all in.
After a short tank Powell folded, leaving himself with around 260,000.