The players are on a 20-minute break.
After the player in the hijack went all in for 18,400, Paul Magriel re-raised from the cutoff.
"Double quack quack, 44,000," said Magriel.
The rest of the table got out of the way and Magriel showed . His opponent tabled , but found no help from the board that ran out .
With that pot, Magriel is up to about 67,000.
With a player on a nearby table about to be forced all-in on the next hand, due to his stack not equaling the impending big blind, Stephen Thacker looked down to see . While big slick is a sight for eyes at almost any other point in a poker tournament, the money bubble is one time you would rather see deuce-seven offsuit.
Thacker decided to take a chance and opened for a raise of 3,000. The action folded around to Gary McDonald and he surprised Thacker by three-betting to 9,000. Rather than muck his cards and live to survive the money bubble, Thacker went for the gusto and shoved all-in for his near average stack.
McDonald insta-called and flipped up the dreaded , giving Thacker little chance of surviving the all-in confrontation. The final board rolled out and Thacker was eliminated in what he thought was 397th place, one away from earning the coveted WSOP cash. Fortunately for him, however, it was determined that a smaller stack somewhere in the Amazon Room had gone broke before Thacker did, and he was officially listed in 396th place, earning $1,823 for his run.
While he stood in shock near his former table, thinking he had been the actual bubble boy, Thacker's fellow seniors began to cheer and celebrate, taking photos of the TV screens which officially branded them as winners in this tournament. Cell phones were whipped out and relatives were called with the good news: the remaining players had survived the largest single-day opening field in poker history and made the money at the world's premiere poker event.
With play now slowed to a crawl as go hand-for-hand to determine the bubble boy, we found one table with three extremely likely candidates. All three players have stacks under 1,500 chips, which means they have barely over one big blind to work with.
One of these players just went all-in on another micro-stack's big blind and the power play worked, to the disgust of the now even shorter stacked player.
We walked by Susie Isaacs' table and noticed she had bet 4,000 on a board reading against a lone opponent. Her opponent had been tanking for quite some time and Issacs said, "I'll show you."
"I think you've got a big hand," Isaac's opponent said to her. He then mucked.
Isaacs tabled and scooped the pot.
"Made a bad fold," Isaac's opponent said with a smirk.
So far there have been two hands during hand-for-hand play and no bust-outs yet.
Hand-for-hand play underway as we are now just one player away from the money,
After an opponent in the cutoff raised all-in for 4,400, James Miller watched as the small blind three-bet to 10,000. Miller looked down and squeezed his cards, and then quickly announced that he was all-in for his last 15,100. The small blind made the call and the three players revealed their holdings.
Miller had both opponents in terrible shape, and after the board rolled out his pair of kings were good for the triple-up. He now sits with 35,500 chips as the bust outs continue to pile up on Day 2.
We watched as Darin Parker called her opponent's all-in with the flop reading . Her opponent looked up with a questioning glance and Parker asked him "you got a set?"
This query must have given Parker's opponent the impression that he may be good, because he flipped up his and waited to see if perhaps he had Parker outkicked. The player had no such luck, however, and it turned out Parker was the one with a set as she showed down the .
The turn of ended things and Parker took the pot, and after a meaningless on the river the slowrolling senior had built her stack to over 56,000 chips.