In middle position, Tom Middleton raised to 75,000, and John Zentner three-bet to 185,000, all in. Over in the big blind, Matthew Berkey flatted the shove, and Middleton called the extra 110,000 to go the rest of the way in side action.
The flop brought , and Berkey put out the first bet of 150,000. Middleton flicked the calling chips off his stack, and Berkey checked to him on the turn. Middleton took his cue to bet 250,000, and Berkey was the one doing the calling before the filled out the board on fifth street. Berkey took the betting lead again, tossing in a tiny 30,000-chip bet. Middleton called.
Berkey showed up for top two, and Middleton's had been rivered. Zentner's was third-best, and he's been eliminated on the bubble of the official final table. It was a fine run for the man in the Stanford hat today, and his efforts will earn him more than $40,000 as a consolation prize.
With that big pot, Berkey shoots up to 1.51 million, knocking Middleton down to about 1.29 million.