RG NKC MAIN EVENT (DAY 2): MARLER DOUBLES THROUGH MORADI

Level 19 (6000/12000/12000)
Total Entrants: 391
Players remaining: 16
Chip average: 488,750

Saied Moradi opens the pot from under-the-gun to 31,000. The action folds back to short-stack Alex Marler (pictured) in the big blind, who moves all-in for 159,000. Moradi has been folding to three-bets, including laying down AxQx to a shove from Matt Donaldson just a few hands before. Apparently frustrated, Moradi calls and the hands are turned up.

Alex Marler - Q♥Q♣
Saied Moradi - Q♠J♥

Moradi will need help to overcome Marler's dominating pair. The flop is a whiff for Moradi when it comes 9♦5♠4♥, but the J♠ on the turn brings a sliver of hope. The river blanks out with the 2♠, though, and Marler's stack gets a lot healthier.

Alex Marler - 336,000
Saied Moradi - 112,000

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