Level 17 (1,200/2,400/400)
Total PNIA Main Event Entries: 188
Players Remaining: 34
Only four tables are left in this Day 1A flight and most of the players at each of these ovals have some sort of camaraderie with one another at this stage of the night. Right next to the blog desk sits a table featuring Andy Hwang, Chan Pelton and David Baker who have all been going back and forth as the day draws to a close. Also at this table is Richard Barker, who has been trading barbs as well.
Barker was on the short stack for most of play but is now cresting at 250,000 with the heavy percentage of those chips coming out of Hwang’s stack. Hwang was among the chip leaders a short while ago and is now in rebuilding mode following the hit at the hands of Barker.
Hwang raised to 5,500 from the cutoff and Barker called from the small blind to see a 8♦6♠3♣ flop. Barker checked over to Hwang, who continued for 6,500 more. Barker found some gumption and raised to 19,000 back to Hwang. Following some thought, Hwang called and the 7♦ came on the turn.
Barker bet out for 20,000 and Hwang responded with a raise to what looked to be about 65,000 total. Barker responded by moving all-in for not all that much more and Hwang snap-folded to send the pot over the Barker. Following the hand, Pelton and Baker continued the friendly banter noting the post-flop skills, or possible lack thereof, of Barker.
When the dust settled, Barker is now among the chip leaders only a level from the plastic.