On what would be the final hand of this event, Masayoshi Tanaka opened with a button raise, and Abe Mosseri three-bet it from the big blind.
After Tanaka called, he drew two cards. Mosseri drew one and made a bet which his opponent called. On the second round of draws, Mosseri patted, and Tanaka pulled one card. Mosseri bet, Tanaka raised, Mosseri three-bet it, and Tanaka four-bet all in for his tournament life.
Both men stood pat on the last draw. "Number Three," said Mosseri, turning over 7-6-5-3-2. Tanaka could only lower his head in acknowledgement, unable to show down anything better. He's been sent home in second place, and Abe Mosseri has won the bracelet for Event #55!
With Mosseri catching cards the way he was, Tanaka (and the rest of the final table) truthfully had little chance in this contest. Our runner-up performed admirably though, spurred on by a supportive and vocal cheering section. In the end, he falls just one spot shy of a bracelet. He'll earn six figures instead, stopping to pick up a check for $102,313 on his way out the door.