With the flop reading , we witnessed two players in an all-in confrontation. Player # 1, whose name we did not catch before players departed for a break, showed his and was ahead of the held by his opponent, who needed to catch an ace or a spade to take the lead.
Young Phan and the other players at the table whistled in delight as the turn card gave Player # 2 the rare eighteen-out draw heading into the river. Player # 1 now needed to avoid any ace, any spade, as well as the deuces and sevens remaining in the deck. The table hushed in anticipation as the dealer prepared to turn over the river card.
With that, Player # 1 had survived what must have been a terrifying sweat and earned a well deserved double up.