The next man out gets nothing. The other 18 make the money. Thus we expect some tension. And when it comes to chip leader Chris Klodnicki, perhaps a little extra creativity as well.
Just now Vince Baldassano opened for 12,000 from under the gun, and Micah Raskin called from the button. John Chapman — down to just around 30,000 — tanked for some time before folding from the small blind, and Klodnicki called from the big blind.
The flop came . Klodnicki led for 15,000, Baldassano raised to 35,000, and Raskin folded. Klodnicki then made it 65,000, and Baldassano called.
The turn was the . This time Klodnicki bet 75,000, and Baldassano called. The river then brought the and an announcement by Klodnicki that he was all in.
Klodnicki's river bet sent Baldassano into the tank, and into considerable discomfort as well. "This would really, really blow," he said as he eyed his remaining stack. "Can I vomit now or later?"
He continued to meditate out loud as he thought. "I'd have to be insane to fold this hand," he noted while also wondering if Klodnicki would show his hand if he were to fold.
Finally Baldassano did let his hand go, showing he was folding for a diamond flush. Klodnicki then did show his cards — ! — and scooped the pot.
Klodnicki's over a million now, as bubble play continues.