Mike Sexton brought it in with the , and Chris Viox completed with the . The raises came deliberately, but all of the chips ended up in the pot, Sexton committed for his last ~500,000. Cards up, gents:
Sexton: () /
Viox: () /
Sexton was ahead with his buried eights, and things came pretty clean through sixth street:
Sexton: () / / (x)
Viox: () / / (x)
Both players had a low draw with one to come, and Sexton's pair of eights were still ahead. There was a quick discussion about who should peel first, and Viox ended up flipping over the to take the lead with two pair. Sexton needed to make a low to catch half, or make two pair or better to scoop the double. He squeezed carefully for just a second, but once he saw paint, he knew it was over. The landed on the felt for Sexton's seventh street, and it's not going to do it. Viox slammed his fist down on the felt and took a moment to huddle inside his own arms and soak in what just happened. The two men shook hands, and Sexton congratulated the new champ on joining the bracelet winners' club.
With that, Sexton has been cut down in second place, good for $123,000.