At 5:40am, five hours and forty-five minutes after the elimination of 11th-place finisher Pascal LeFrancois, Jonathan Duhamel opened a pot for 1.225 million pre-flop. The next player to act was short-stacked Brandon Steven. He moved all in for a total of 4.475 million. Matthew Jarvis then called the all in, bringing the crowd to its feet again. Once Duhamel folded, it was on in the most classic of ways.
Shouting. Lots of shouting. People calling for this card or that card. You wouldn't think the sleepy crowd had this much energy left. The noise got louder after the flop came no help to Steven, . Some in the crowd asked for a jack on the turn to keep things interesting. Instead it was a board-pairing . Nine players were one card away from the November Nine. The dealer burned and turned...
A collective roar went up from the crowd, with people jumping and cheering. Steven was eliminated! The bubble was finally burst. With Steven's departure in 10th-place, we have nine very happy players on the stage.