Action for this hand passed around to the blinds where for the second time in a row, Claudio Rinaldi moved all in, having the short-stacked Antonin Tesseire well covered. Tesseire folded the previous time, but this time he quickly made the call, bringing his throngs of supporters to their feet.
Tesseire had to figure he was racing, and he seemed content to flip a coin for double or nothing. With everyone in the building on their feet, the dealer put out the first three community cards:
. The flop is relatively safe for the at-risk player, but Rinaldi picked up a few more potential outs.
. The fourth card draws a big reaction from the crowd, most of whom are rooting for Tesseire. Rinaldi picks up his pair putting Tesseire on the very brink of extinction. He approaches the table and gives some very clear and emphatic instructions to the dealer, pleading for him to put out a saving four. As everyone cranes their necks to get a better view, the dealer knocks the table and puts out the final card:
The reaction from the crowd is overwhelming as the room erupts in a frenzied roar and several people rush onto the stage to jostle Tesseire. The man himself runs a quick lap around the stage, lifting up his shirt and screaming at the top of his lungs.
In an absolute stunner, Antonin hits a two-outer on the river to not only stay alive, but double up into healthy contention with just under 2,000,000 chips..