On yesterday's Day 2 when the tournament was on the bubble, Jason Mercier had his pocket aces cracked by Adrian Mateos' . Now with 20 players left on Day 3, it was Mateos turn to have aces cracked — twice.
On the first hand, Mateos checked the river on a board with four diamonds. His opponent, Mustapha Kanit, checked behind. Mateos tabled the , and Kanit was surprised because he thought he had the in his hand. Instead, Kanit had the and had checked behind with the nuts, as there was no straight flush possible. The floor gave Kanit a warning and play went on.
On the very next hand, Niklas Astedt raised to 65,000 from under the gun, and play folded to Mateos in the big blind. He reraised to 200,000. Astedt moved all in for 1.025 million, and Mateos snap-called with the . The table couldn't believe it.
Astedt had the .
The board ran out , and for the second hand in a row Mateos had lost with pocket aces. This time it was for a lot more than the first, and he was knocked back to 1.415 million.