With hundreds of players still spread across the room, it is quite hard to tell exactly who the chip leader is. John Juanda very well could be and he is without a doubt right up the chip leader board.
When we arrived at the table there was a board showing and four people were still involved in the hand, including Juanda. The first two players to act decided to check and the next player bet 1,600. Juanda then calmly popped it to 4,800. The other two players got out of the way and it was back on the original aggressor. He quickly flicked in a min-raise and Juanda made a call almost as quickly.
On the river, the dealer turned over a and the aggressor continued his betting, sliding in a stack of 10,000 chips. Juanda announced the all in and his opponent gave a small shrug as he said, "call."
Juanda had his stack counted out and his opponent had him covered by a small amount, meaning Juanda had doubled-up.
Juanda is one of the most well known players in the poker world, holding 5 WSOP bracelets and over $12 million in poker tournament winnings. Not a bad record. Let's see if he can add to it here in Event 9.