Once again, we join on fourth street. This time, it's three-handed between Travis Pearson, Chris Lee, and Shaun Deeb.
Pearson: (x-x) / / (x)
Lee: (x-x) / / (x)
Deeb: (x-x) / / (x)
When we joined on fourth, Deeb had checked his open pair. Pearson made the bet, Lee raised, and Deeb snuck in another raise. Both opponents called, and Deeb led out again on fifth street. Pearson called, Lee raised, and now both Deeb and Pearson were doing the calling. On sixth street, Pearson picked up open queens, and he checked. Lee bet, Deeb called, and Pearson came along as well to make this the biggest pot we've seen in this tournament.
On seventh street, Pearson checked to Lee, and he made the last bet of 30,000. Deeb would spend the next four or five minutes in the tank, agonizing over his spot. He shook his head several times and re-checked his down cards to make sure. He pushed his hat up and rubbed his forehead, then stared up at the ceiling. Up, down, count the chips, stare at the board, back at the chips, up at Lee, ceiling again.
Finally, he tucked them under and surrendered, standing up from his chair with a curse and stomping over to the rail.
Pearson smirked as if he'd hoped Deeb would do the calling, and he eventually decided he could not either.
With one 30,000-chip bullet, Lee takes down the half-million chip pot. He's in the top spot with 570,000 now, and Deeb has been reduced all the way down to just 290,000. That's still almost an average stack right now.