A short-stacked Jesse Sylvia, who happens to be the chip leader in this year's October Nine and will be playing for millions of dollars in Vegas later this month, was all in under the gun for 24,000 and received a call from Prosper Masquelier in the big blind. Action was paused in order for action to conclude on the other tables, and then the cards were turned up:
It was a flip, which meant the atmosphere was electric. The media and players alike surrounded Table 11 to await the flop... . Sylvia survived the hard part, and he was safe through the turn. Masquelier needed either a jack or queen in order to burst the bubble, and while the river was paint, it was the useless .
Sylvia let out a smile, turned, and gave Tournament Director Jack Effel a big hug.