After a wild first three hours which saw four of our six players eliminated within 69 hands, Joe Commisso and Richard Lyndaker then commenced a nearly six-hour long heads up battle, encompassing 209 hands total.
Commisso enjoyed a 2-to-1 chip advantage when heads up play began, and he maintained his lead for the first half of the pair's epic conflict. They traded the lead back and forth a few times, then after 180 hands and five hours of heads up both players, apparently fatigued, began shoving all in more and more often.
While Lyndaker had to survive many all ins, it was Commisso who needed to hit his open-ended straight draw on Hand No. 276 to stay alive. Two hands later, it was over, and Joe Commisso wins the largest cash prize to date in this year's WSOP -- a cool $911,855.
Congratulations to Joe Commisso, the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Short-Handed champ! And thanks for following the coverage.
Richard Lyndaker raised to 240,000. Joe Commisso made the call from the big blind.
The flop came down . Commisso checked and Lyndaker bet 300,000. Commisso announced raise and made the bet one million.
Lyndaker moved all in and Commisso didn't look too happy, but called.
Lyndaker needed his hand to hold, but that didn't last long when the turn hit the . That would do it and give Commisso the pot. The river was a meaningless and Commisso doubled back up and took the chip lead.