In late position, Phil Laak opened to 70,000, and Allen Kessler three-bet shoved for 126,000 from the small blind. Laak waited for the count, and he clearly did not like the spot. He chuckled, then told Kessler, "You might be getting a courtesy double-up here." With that, he made the call, but neither player immediately tabled their hands.
"I'm 100% ahead," Kessler said.
Laak knew it too. "Can I bet $10,000 on your hand?"
Kessler shook his head with a bit of a frustrated air. He was, as expected, well in front as the cards were finally shown down.
Laak had some connecting low cards with two suits, and off they went to the board. The flop came out , pairing Laak to open up a few knockout possibilities. On the turn, the was a bad card for Kessler, improving Laak to two pair and leaving the Chainsaw in a big hole with one to come. He needed to find an ace, ten, or six to scoop, or at least make a low to chop the pot.
The river was a fateful , though, and Kessler could only throw his arms up in disbelief. Laak makes the Michael Jackson full house, and Kessler is left pacing toward the cashier with a ticket that shows ninth place. It's good for $33,352, but it's not much consolation right now as Kessler tries to shake off a cooler of a summer.