This heads-up format has the blinds move up every even hands, and those blinds are now nosebleed-deep for Steve Aoki and Dan Smith.
After a series of all-ins, all the chips are in the middle with Aoki down to just 1BB.
Aoki wakes up with the Reno Skinny of 2h – 3h and his chips are in against Smith’s 9d – 7c.
Smith flops two pair on the 7d – Qd – 9s spread, the runout goes 2c – 5s and Aoki is eliminated.
Dan Smith is the first player to advance in this 32-player single-elimination invitational, he plays again Sunday.