Steven Merrifield opened to 45,000 from the hijack seat, Stephen Falcon three-bet to 150,000 and the action folded back to Merrifield who went into the tank. He eventually slid out a fourth bet worth 345,000, Falcon immediately moved all in, and Merrifield snapped it off.
"Shit," Falcon blurted.
There were nearly 3 million chips in the middle, making this the biggest pot of the tournament thus far. The dealer rapped the table, then delivered a flop of , keeping Falcon alive and drawing to a king or running hearts.
The turn was paint, but the did not help Falcon. The case ace - the - fell on the river, eliminating Falcon from the tournament, and making Merrifield a commanding chip leader.