It took a monster pot and a man from Japan to oust one of the favorites for this title, Davidi Kitai.
Kitai opened to 60,000 from under the gun and Naoya Kihara three-bet to 210,000. Kitai wasn't to be removed and raised the pot. This took a few minutes and about ten people to figure out it was up to 660,000. Kihara surprised a lot of people by just calling.
The flop came down and Kihara shoved for 750,000. Kitai snap-called off his remaining 645,000.
The turn came giving both players the same straight. Kihara was free-rolling to a better straight though. He needed a ten and that's what he got as the river came to give him the winning straight. Kitai looked as if he'd just been stabbed in the heart.