Event #49: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

Taylor Larkin Eliminated in 2nd Place ($378,905)

Taylor Larkin

After Taylor Larkin's latest setback, it was inevitable that the chips would be flying in once again, and soon - the only question that remained was: could he survive for a third time?

Unfortunately for Larkin, the answer was no, Michael Linn in front preflop with {A-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} versus {Q-Hearts}{J-Spades} and staying ahead through the {6-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} board to finally tear the finishing tape after a dogged heads-up battle.

Previous final tables may have witnessed raucous support from drunken youths and rowdy patriots, but today's rail saw both of Larkin's grandparents cheering from the sidelines, whilst Michael Linn boasted family member and poker pro Barry Greenstein.

In the end, it was the latter combo that prevailed, a paltry pair of deuces enough to force Larkin into second for a highly credible $378,905, and Linn into the elite bracelet-winning circle where his uncle currently resides.

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