Live Events 2
Main Event

The Defending Champion Falls

Chad_Holloway • Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Kane Lai

Back in March, Kane Lai won this very event, and just last week he captured a Heartland Poker Tour title. Lai was looking to defend his title, and he had a shot at it coming into Day 2 on a big stack. Unfortunately for him, the day did not treat him kind.

In what would be his final hand of the tournament, Michael Ermie opened for 23,000 from early position and Lai opted to shove all in for 159,000 from the button. The blinds both folded and Ermie announced a call.

Ermie: {8-Hearts}{8-Spades}
Lai: {9-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}

Lai picked a bad spot to make a move, and it got even worse when the {4-Clubs}{q-Hearts}{8-Clubs} flop delivered Ermie a set. The {7-Diamonds} turn officially left Lai drawing dead, and he made his way to the exit after the {K-Hearts} was run out on the river. With that, the MSPT Golden Gates Casino is assured a new champion.

Player Chips Progress
Michael Ermie us
Michael Ermie
us 500,000 278,000
Brad Lien us
Brad Lien
us Busted
Bruce Russell us
Bruce Russell
us Busted
Kane Lai us
Kane Lai
us Busted

Tags: Kane LaiMichael Ermie