Dan Alspach shipped all in for 53,000 under the gun, and Jeff Gross made the call. Dominik Nitsche raised to 125,000, and action folded back to Gross. He went into the tank for a couple of minutes before folding.
"I should be beating you," Nitsche said, turning over .
"You're not beating me," Alspach said, showing . "You have two overs."
The dealer spread the flop: .
"Now, you're beating me good," Alspach observed dryly.
The brought a sweat by giving Alspach a flush draw, but the river didn't improve him and he was eliminated.
Thayer Rasmussen raised to 35,000 in early position, and Louis Campbell pushed all in for about 160,000. Erwann Pecheux asked for a count before shoving from the big blind, and Rasmussen quickly folded.
Pecheux had Campbell dominated, and the switched Campbell's outs from tens to jacks. The turn and river didn't save him, and he collected a 15th-place ticket.
A tough and experienced field of 16 remains, ready to fight for a first-place prize of $335,000 here at Event #21: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em. Former November Niner Bob Bounahra leads the way with just over 1,000,000, while online pro Thayer "THAY3R" Rasmussen is hot on his heels with 933,000.
While the remaining field is predominantly American, there will be plenty of European flavor as well, featuring sponsored pros Erwann Pecheux (France, 258,000 in chips), Mickey Peterson (Denmark, 231,000), as well as World Series of Poker Circuit national champ Dominik Nitsche (Germany, 707,000) and David Burt (UK, 237,000).
Cards are set to be in the air at 1 p.m. local time, and we're coming back to Level 22 (8,000/16,000/2,000), meaning over half of the field will be under 20 big blinds. So, expect the action to be hot out of the gate and don't go anywhere as we bring you all of the relevant updates right here on PokerNews until a champion is crowned.