It didn't take long for the first elimination of the day, less than a half an hour in fact. It happened on a flop when Phil Mader checked from the big blind and Sean Small bet 102,000. Mader moved all in for right around 300,000 and Small couldn't call fast enough.
Small was ahead with pocket kings, but Mader was drawing very much alive to an open-ended straight draw. The turn gave him even more outs, but the river was not one of them. Mader exited in tenth place for $9,275 and the official final table was set.