Photos courtesy of Joe Giron.
On the second-to-last hand before dinner break, Randy "nanonoko" Lew was all in and at risk against Leonid Bilokur. Lew had him dominated.
The was the window card, but the followed it alongside with the . The turn and river came , respectively, and Lew doubled to 365,000 chips.
From under the gun, Terje Augdal raised to 19,000. Action folded all the way around the table to Bill Perkins in the big blind and he reraised to an unknown amount. Augdal moved all in and Perkins snap-called.
"You have a hand?" asked Augdal to Perkins.
"Yes," responded Perkins before tabling the . Augdal held a worse pair with the .
The flop came down and everything was going just as planned for Perkins so far. The higher powers of the poker gods had other things in mind after the landed on the turn to put Augdal in front. From there, the river completed the board with the and it was all over.
Augdal had Perkins well covered and it was the end of the line for Perkins. He was eliminated in 15th place for the first cash of his career and collected $58,020.
"It was fun," said Perkins with a cheery smile on his face. He then collected his belongings, wished the table luck and moved to the payout desk.
Action moved to Nicolas Fierro on the button and he raised to 17,000. Leonid Vichman three-bet from the small blind to 44,000. Fierro four-bet for all of his chips and had Vichman's remaining 285,000 covered. After a minute of tanking, Vichman folded and Fierro won the pot.
From under the gun, Bill Perkins raised to 19,000. Govert Metaal made the call from the cutoff seat and the two took a flop of . Perkins checked and then called after Metaal fired 20,000.
The added a fourth spade to the board on the turn. Perkins checked and Metaal checked behind, allowing for a free river card.
The paired the board on the river. Perkins bet 42,000 and it didn't take long at all for Metaal to call.
Perkins laughed as he turned over the for sevens and fours. Metaal tabled the for queens and sevens to win the pot.
From the hijack seat, Bill Perkins raised to 16,000. Isaac Haxton called from the button and everyone else folded. The flop came down and Perkins bet 22,000. Haxton made the call to see the turn.
Fourth street was the and Perkins fired again, this time for 60,000. After a few moments, Haxton announced that he was all in. His all-in bet was worth 231,000 and Perkins took a minute or so. Eventually, he gave it up and Haxton won the pot.
From the cutoff seat, Bill Perkins raised to 18,000. Isaac Haxton flat-called from the small blind and then Govert Metaal three-bet to 70,000 from the big blind. Perkins and Haxton both folded, allowing Metaal to pick up the pot. He showed just the .
Bill Perkins opened to 18,000 from middle position, Terje Augdal called in the hijack seat, Isaac Haxton called in the cutoff, and Govert Metaal moved all in for 98,000 on the button. The blinds released, Perkins called, and the rest of the players folded.
The board ran , and Metaal doubled to 205,000 chips.
Elio Fox opened to 16,000 in late position, and Terje Augdal defended his big blind. The flop fell , and Augdal led for 20,000. Fox raised to 42,000, and Augdal called.
The turn was the , and Augdal led again - this time for 65,000. Fox tanked for a bit before moving all in for 174,000, and Augdal called.
Are you ready for one of the more unique showdowns of all time?
If Fox could fade a three, five, seven, or eight, he would double with jack-high. The river was the however, and Fox was eliminated from the tournament.
The entire table was quite perplexed after the hand, especially Kunimaro Kojo and Bill Perkins. Kojo shot out of his seat when the cards were tabled, and Perkins couldn't stop saying, "What?"
All of the remaining 16 players are in the money and have locked up $58,020. Here's how they're seated.