After dwindling back down to under 100,000, David "Devilfish" Ulliott raised to 20,000 from the cutoff in one of the last hands of Level 17. Last year's champion, Talal Shakerchi, three-bet to 60,000 from the small blind. "I'm supposed to have a monster here," a hesitant Ulliott said before calling off for 75,000.
Ulliott didn't have a monster, but he did have live cards. He needed some help to stay alive, and he got some on the . The turn gave Shakerchi even more outs against Ulliott, but the river would not be one of them.
In the very next hand, action folded to Ulliott in the hijack and he once again opened for 20,000. The Devilfish then began to sing as one by one his opponents folded to Joel Nordkvist in the big blind. Nordkvist thought for a bit and then slowly slid in for 111,000 total. Ulliott snap-called and showed that this time he held a monster.
"There's always a sweat," Ulliott said when the flop came down . Nordkvist may have paired his ten, but that would be all the help he'd get as the and blanked on the turn and river respectively.