Event #29: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship

Daniel Idema Eliminated in 2nd Place ($263,244)

Daniel Idema - 2nd place

Daniel Idema was all in for 145,000 in the big blind, and all that was left was to deal the cards and flip them over:

Idema: {2-Clubs} {4-Diamonds}
Keikoan: {A-Hearts} {7-Hearts}

Idema was going to need to catch a card, but the flop was a big swing and a miss; it came out {J-Hearts} {Q-Hearts} {Q-Clubs}, keeping Keikoan in the lead. The turn {K-Diamonds} was safe for him as well, and Idema was one card away from elimination.

River: {Q-Diamonds}.

That's all she wrote. Keikoan stood and shook hands with his opponent, and the two men congratulated each other on what truly was a great battle. It was back and forth and up and down for more than four hours, but in the end, Idema comes up one spot shy of his goal. He'll take home more than a quarter-million dollars for his runner-up finish, though, and that'll go a long way towards soothing his nerves once it all settles in.

Tags: Matt KeikoanDaniel Idema