Phil Hellmuth was just eliminated in a big pot over on the secondary featured table. The player who did the deed has since lost almost all of those chips, so we don't want to ask Mr. Grumpy for the details. What we do know is that Hellmuth had pocket jacks on his final hand, and he was up against pocket queens and ace-king.
The board came down king-high but with four diamonds, and the in the pocket queens hand scooped the pot and sent Hellmuth to the rail.
But not out of the room. The big ESPN boom camera swung around to the aisle to watch Hellmuth chat with the fans and the tape recorders for about 15 minutes. He signed autographs and posed for photos with fans and everyone was laughing and jolly as Hellmuth finished up his last tidbits of publicity and PR for the 2010 WSOP.
Perhaps trying to put a point on the spectacle, T.D. Steve took the mic and announced to both the Amazon Room and the Pavilion that Hellmuth had been eliminated.
A great and lengthy cheer ensued.