€1,000,000 Big One For One Drop

Sick Beat Sends Safai to the Rail

[user265690] • Level 13: 100,000-200,000, 30,000 ante
Andrew Pantling

Bad beats hurt period. In a €1,000,000 tournament, they must sting like crazy and it's a feeling Bob Safai is going through right now after losing a monster pot to Andrew Pantling to bust the Big One For One Drop.

Elton Tsang lit the touch paper, making it 600,000 to go from under-the-gun, Pantling called from middle position and Safai did likewise from the big blind. The {J-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} flop was checked through and the {8-Hearts} fell on the turn. Safai bet big, leading out for 1,500,000, Tsang folded and action was on Pantling. He took a look at his opponent's stack (it looked like Safai had about 9,000,000 total) and then slid out enough orange 500,000 chips to set Safai all-in. He almost beat him into the pot.

Pantling: {9-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}
Safai: {Q-Spades}{10-Spades}

It was a turned straight against turned two pair, Pantling still had four outs for the win and the {8-Spades} river made him a full house. "So sick," said Antonio Esfandiari, who's here coaching Safai. Even Pantling winced as the river card hit the table, it was that kind of beat. A shell shocked Safai wandered away from the table to the bleachers, while Pantling, with a stack of 34,370,000 has almost 25% of the chips in play.

Player Chips Progress
Andrew Pantling ca
Andrew Pantling
ca 34,370,000 14,270,000
Bob Safai US
Bob Safai
US Busted

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