Dani Stern opened for 130,000 and the action folded around to Valdemar Kwaysser, who three-bet to 300,000. Stern moved all-in and Kwaysser called.
Kwaysser's supporters began screeching for an ace, which in their native tongue sounds more like a three-letter synonym for "donkey." The dealer complied, spreading out an flop. Stern needed a ten to survive, his own rail rallying behind him. Dan Smith even climbed up on a friend's shoulders (he was also wearing a red sequined hat with a black feather, but that's another story) and held his arms out, trying to conjure up a ten for his buddy.
The turn, however, was the and the river the . Stern headed to the rail in fifth place and was trailed out of the Amazon Room by his sizable cheering squad.
Kwaysser has a commanding chip lead with 3,730,000.
The table folded around to the blinds, and Konstantin Bucherl raised to 150,000 from the small. Matt Marafioti was in the big, and he sat statue still in the tank for several minutes. It was long enough that someone, quite possibly Bucherl, called the clock on him. A few seconds later, Marafioti surrendered his hand, and Bucherl steals his big, flashing the as he does.
It's not very exciting, but it's the most that's happened this level. Other than that, lots of folding, and every now and then a random loud bark from LuckyChewy on the rail.
First in from the button, James Calderaro raised to 150,000, and Tom Marchese announced a reraise from the big blind. He made it 575,000 total, Calderaro reraised back, and Marchese got his last few hundred thousand chips into the middle to put himself at risk. And he was in a bad spot.
Marchese looked stricken as he saw the bad news, five cards away from elimination. The news would get worse in a hurry, too. The flop came to give Caldero the nearly-unbeatable full house. As the turn and river filled out the board with the and , Marchese was shaking hands with the table and wishing them luck on his way out the door. It was another exceptional performance for "Kingsofcards", but it comes to an end here at the final table. He'll take home six figures of cash, but the look on his face shows disappointment at this near miss.