It was an anti-climactic ending for Jon Eaton.
On the final hand of the tournament, Ryan Welch raised pre-flop and Eaton called. Both players checked the flop. When the turn came , Eaton tried a bet of 225,000. Welch called.
The river was the . Eaton fired out for 525,000, then was faced ith a tough decision when Welch pushed all in. The amount of the bet wasn't counted down but it was definitely in excess of 3.0 million, a massive over-bet given the roughly 1.9 million in the pot (including Welch's call of the initial 525,000).
Eaton tanked for several minutes. We could see him mouth the words, "Queen-jack?" but he was clearly unsure what to do. Normally when players take that long to make a decision, they fold, but not this time. After about two minutes Eaton called. Welch was instantly out of his chair to turn over for the nuts, a king-high straight.
It took a few minutes to count down the stacks and to determine, definitively, that Welch was the winner. The rail waited anxiously, and once the tournament director announced that Eaton was eliminated, Welch's new wife Kristin came running into the feature table area to give Welch a big hug and a kiss.
A dejected Eaton will leave with $344,830.