We picked up the action on a flop in an increasingly large pot involving Johnny Chan. There was about 9,000 already in the pot when we walked up, and Johnny Chan had check-raised an additional 8,700 after letting his opponent bet the flop. The unknown player promptly moved all in for 25,500, and Chan made the call to put him at risk.
Chan tabled for middle set, and his opponent couldn't believe that his had run into such bad luck. The turn gave him some chop outs, but the river was not what he was looking for.
So it goes that Johnny Chan has eliminated a player in the first orbit, doubling up to 61,500 in the process. A fine start indeed.