Another one of the good guys falls.
Hasan Habib open-shoved for 1.805 million, and John Racener didn't waste too much time calling. Brandon Steven considered for a long time before folding from the small blind -- he'd later say he folded an ace, and that would factor into the hand -- and Habib was heads up for his tournament life once again as the cards were tabled. It was bad news:
The news improved quickly for Hasan as he found his nine on a flop of . Racener was looking for a king, but he instead found a on the turn to give him one additional out -- the case ace. Sure enough, the disastrous landed on fifth street, and unlike the man who will commentate his bustout, Habib does not think that's the prettiest card in the deck at all. It's his elimination card, and it knocks him off in 14th place.
It's hard to say enough about the short-stacked wizardry Habib employed over the past two days. It served him well, taking him all the way to the final 15 of the Main Event. He's come up just short of his second career Main Event final table, though, exiting with about a half-million dollars to try and ease some of that hurt.