George Lind opened with the button, Viacheslav Zhukov put in two bets from the blinds, and Lind made the call. The dealer fanned , Zhukov led out, Lind raised, Zhukov re-raised all in, and Lind called.
Somehow, Lind was in the lead with just a pair of fours, but there were plenty of cards that could help Zhukov. The rail enclosed upon the table as the dealer waited for the tournament director's command to deal the turn.
"Ten of diamonds!" one of Zhukov's friends shouted.
The turn was red, but the did not push Zhukov into the lead. It did give him flush and straight draws however - now any heart would give him the nut-flush and a deuce would give him the wheel.
The crowd fell silent as the dealer rapped the table one last time before spiking the on the river. Zhukov leapt from his seat, showing emotion for the first time in four days of play as he went to celebrate with his friends. Lind stood from his seat and waited for an opportunity to shake Zhukov's hand before heading to the cage to collect $287,444 for his second place finish.
Despite finishing runner-up, Lind deserves a ton of credit. He did everything he could at the final table to make it to heads-up play, but with just 12 big bets in play he could only do so much towards the end. Congratulations Mr. Lind, don't spend that quarter of a million dollars all in once place!