There are no flips in the game of chess, but just ask Jeff Sarwer and he'll tell you that there are certainly flips in the game of No-Limit Hold'em.
Just after being crippled by a rivered straight, Sarwer was all in and at risk holding against Heinz Kamutzki's . There was an ace on the flop giving Kamutzki the lead, and after the turn and river bricked off Sarwer was eliminated.
In the last hand before the break, Michael Cooper had raised from the small blind/button against his heads-up opponent, Emil Gunnarsson, and Gunnsarsson had shoved all in over the top. Cooper went deep into the tank.
"This reminds me of one from a couple of years ago," he said. Finally amid much anguish he made the call. "Aces?" he said worriedly, but Gunnarsson flipped over . Cooper energetically turned over . The board ran out , and Cooper's hand held up.
It took the dealer several minutes to count out the stacks, and as it happened Gunnarsson still had a few hundred left. Even though the break had begun, the pair went ahead and played one more hand. Gunnarsson had , Cooper , and when the board brought a five Cooper was through to tomorrow's final.