On the third hand of hand-for-hand play, action folded to severe short stack Joao Santos in the cutoff seat. With just 11,500 in chips, he moved all in. Next to act was Robert Mizrachi, and he reraised to 25,000. Vegard Froshaug was in the small blind and began to tank. After a couple of minutes of thought, Froshaug announced that he was all in, a shove worth 71,000. Following a fold from the big blind, Mizrachi snapped it off.
The three players were instructed to keep their cards face down while all other tables completed action. There happened to be another all-in hand at a table on the other side of the tournament floor, but Ashley Cheung doubled up and stayed alive. After that hand wrapped up, it was time for this three-way all in to move forward.
Mizrachi quickly tabled the to have a stranglehold on the hand against Froshaug's and Santos' . Things would get interesting, though, as you will see.
The flop came down and Santos picked up a royal flush draw. The turn was black, but it was the and kept Mizrachi in front. Now with one more card to come, Mizrachi just needed to fade and he'd knock out two players to burst the bubble.
The river completed the board with the , and that made things official. Mizrachi won the pot and eliminated both of his opponents. With that, all remaining 144 players found themselves in the money and a round of applause was in order.
Now, let's watch the line at the payout desk grow.