Level 38 (100,000/200,000/30,000)
Total PNIA Main Event Entries: 1,224
Total Players Remaining: 4
Chip Average: 6,120,000
First blood has officially been drawn at this final table as Gints Galvins has hit the rail in fifth place. Both Galvins and Jonathan Alfonso came into the final table as the short stacks and with a $17,000 pay jump between fifth and fourth place, it would be interesting to see how both played given that dynamic.
The two players both had their chips but with little peril to show for it until Galvins got involved with Adrian Buckley in a classic flip. Buckley raised from the cutoff to 425,000 and Galvins moved all-in for 2,700,000 on the button. Action folded back to Buckley, who snap-called with Q♣Q♠ and would need to hold against the A♦K♠ of Galvins.
The 6♥5♣2♦ flop did little to generate a sweat for Galvins. A 9♠ turn kept the status quo and the 9♣ river would send Galvins to the payout desk.
With the pot, Buckley is the new chip leader with 10,550,000. Alfonso can breathe a little easier now with his 2,100,000 having completed one step of the climb up the payout ladder.