From the hijack seat, Christoph Vogelsang raised to 120,000. Action folded to Greg Merson in the small blind, and he reraised to 300,000. After Cary Katz folded in the big blind, Vogelsang took a short time to think and then moved all in. Merson quickly double-checked his hole cards, and then stuck his chips in to make the call and put his tournament life on the line.
Merson tabled the third-best preflop pocket pair with the . He was all in for 1.23 million and would be in the "classic race situation" against Vogelsang's .
The flop, turn, and river ran out , and the 2012 World Series of Poker Player of the Year and Main Event champion successfully doubled up to nearly 2.6 million. Vogelsang was left with 1.21 million.