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Darvin Moon Eliminated in 2nd Place ($5,182,928)

Moon awaiting his fate.
Moon awaiting his fate.
Hand #364 -

Joe Cada has the button. It's 3 million again, and Moon is looking like a re-raise this time. Indeed, he does three-bet it up to 8 million, and Cada double-checks his cards before announcing an all in. Moon double-checks his own cards and quickly makes the call for his tournament life! Just like that we've got an enormous pot!

With just under 150 million chips up for grabs, the cards are turned over:

Cada - {9-Clubs} {9-Diamonds}
Moon - {Q-Diamonds} {J-Diamonds}

It's pandemonium inside the theater. The crowd is jumping up and down in the balconies as everyone screams their orders at the stage. The spectators on stage lean in towards the players, jockeying for position to catch a glimpse of this monumental board. With the eyes of the poker world staring intently at the table, the dealer burns a card and runs the flop:

{8-Clubs} {2-Clubs} {7-Spades}

That's clean and safe for Cada, now two cards away from poker glory. Moon is standing up behind his chair with a blank stare, and Cada can't bear to watch. He's over in the stands, clutched in the arms of Cliff Josephy. The tension mounts again as the turn card falls:

{K-Hearts}

That's an awfully scary paint card, but it's safe for Cada. Moon will need to catch a queen or a jack to prevent Joe Cada from wining every last chip in play. The drama is too great for words. There's one more card to come. With the tension coming to an absolute climax, here comes your river card:

{7-Clubs}

A deafening roar echoes through the rafters as Joe Cada is swarmed by his friends and family in the crowd. Darvin Moon shakes his head and paces slowly away from the table. Cada comes over to shake his hand, and the two men exchange pleasantries before Moon's exit. After a truly legendary run for Darvin Moon, his Main Event is done.

Tags: Darvin MoonJoe Cada

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