Joseph Ressler finished up the night last night as the tournament chip leader. He just lost some chips and dropped back a bit, but is still up towards the top of the counts. Here's what happened.
Picking up the action on the board with 5,800 in the middle, Sandeep Pulusani fired the pot for 5,800. Ressler was next and put in a raise to 21,000. After him was Viacheslav Igin and he tank-called. Pulusani then folded.
The river completed the board with the . Ressler checked and Igin checked behind. Ressler announced two pair, but Igin showed the for the wheel and won the pot.
A few notes on Ressler, the overnight chip leader, are that he is from North Potomac, Maryland and has over $225,000 in live tournament earnings. He's cashed four times in World Series of Poker events, with three of those four coming during last year's Series.
On record, Ressler's largest score came from a fifth-place finish in the $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha - Six-Handed event last year. He took home over $105,000 for that effort. He also won an event held at Harrah's Atlantic City in May 2010 for over $36,000, which is his only win on record.