Marvin Rettenmaier raised to 52,000 from the hijack seat, and then Joao Vieira reraised to 118,000 from the cutoff position. Action folded back to Rettenmaier and he gave it up, allowing Vieira to take the pot.
On the very next hand, Rettenmaier opened again to 52,000. This time, it was Greg Merson who reraised. Merson did so from the cutoff seat and made it 105,000 to go. After play folded back to Rettenmaier, he took a little bit of time, then moved all in.
Merson looked as though he was going to snap-call, even almost dropping chips into the middle, but then he stopped himself abruptly and asked the dealer for a count. Merson admitted that he thought Rettenmaier had opened with a stack of around 500,000, but his shove was actually worth 623,000.
After a little bit of thought, Merson called with the . Rettenmaier tabled the and it was off to the races.
The flop gave Merson the lead when the fell. The turn was the , and now Rettenmaier needed to find an eight on the river. The was close to an eight, but not what Rettenmaier was looking for. He was eliminated in ninth place and earned $130,720 for his finish. Merson climbed over 2 million in chips.