Vanessa Rousso had fallen into short stack territory, with her stack down to about 400,000 and blinds at 15,000 and 30,000. She and Huck Seed took a limped flop of
, which they both checked.
The turn came
and brought a half-pot bet of 30,000 from Rousso. Seed deliberated thoughtfully and then re-raised to 130,000, putting the short-stacked Rousso to the test. She took her time, then made a back-handed waving motion and announced she was all in. Seed wasted no time in calling. He rolled over
for top pair of kings. Rousso showed
for a turned pair of tens. With Seed already up 1-0 in this best-of-three match, Rousso needed to improve on the river to stave off elimination.
With the gallery all pressed around the table, MOC Jordan Siegel announced, "Here's the river!" The dealer burned and turned the
, a card that did not help Rousso. She was eliminated, and with that elimination Huck Seed was crowned the 2009 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Champion.