Marcel Luske just busted out int 30th place. Isabelle Mercier sat in the small blind and faced two flat calls. Mercier raised and Luske came over the top all-in from the big blind. The two limpers folded and Mercier called. Luske showed AQ, Mercier showed QQ. The flop came down 689. Mercier was ahead, but Luske had an overcard and flush draw. Then an ace came on the turn putting Marcel ahead and leaving Mercier with only one out. That out, the queen of diamonds, came on the river and Luske was gone.
Edited (this was worse than I thought): Then, moments later, with the blinds at 1000/2000, Mercier raised to more than 6000 and Brandon Schaefer flat called. The flop came down with two clubs. Mercier made a pot-sized bet and Schaefer came over the top for the rest of his chips. Mercier called. Schaefer showed KQ in clubs for a club draw. Mercier turned over aces with the ace of clubs. The turn and river came running queens to give Schaefer trips. Schaefer has now rocketed to near 100K in chips and Mercier’s stack has been significantly reduced. Schaefer’s face tells the story if a man who feels almost guilty. “I’m living a charmed existence.”
In other news, Robert Mizrachi has made a surprise exit, apparently losing all his chips to Kevin O’Connell. O’Connell ended up most of those chips to Rob Hollink when Hollink’s AK beat O’Connell’s QQ.
Lastly, Nate Kelly, the tenacious young American has lost his bid to money here in Monte Carlo.
We’re on the bubble.