Vincent Gironda battled valiantly with his short stack since the players returned from dinner break, surviving being all in a couple of times with a chop and a win.
Then came a hand in which Gironda called down bets by Marco Johnson on each street as the board came . Johnson tabled for aces and Gironda mucked, leaving the latter with about 80,000.
Soon Gironda engaged in a series of preflop bets with Johnson, and Gironda was all in again.
Gironda was the one with this time, and he was hoping his hand would hold versus Johnson's . But the flop came to pair Johnson. The turn was the and river the , and Gironda's Event 40 run ended in third place.
"18-to-1 and 20-to-1!" said Johnson to Bardah with a smile as they readied for heads-up play.
Johnson was referring to the betting odds on the two of them to start play today. Having put some money on either would've been a nice bet today — they were 9th and 10th out of 10 in chips to start the day!