Richard "Dick" Harwood opened for 175,000 and watched as Walter Browne shipped his entire stack of 1,115,000 into the middle. Before Harwood could even think about Browne's shove, he heard James Hess announce an instant call, which put Hess' last 1,075,000 at risk as well.
With the action back on him, Dick Harwood called for time and stood up to think things over. He went deep into the tank while the railbirds swarmed in anticipation, deciding whether or not his cards were strong enough to wager his last 900,000 with. Eventually Harwood decided to release his hand and let the other two players do battle.
Browne found himself crushed by Hess' kings, and he needed to spike a fishhook to come from behind.
The final board rolled out and no jacks could be found. After the win, Hess raised his fists in the air and screamed "Yes!" at the top of lungs, obviously enjoying the thrill of victory here at the final table. Browne was crippled with the loss and now sits with only 70,000 chips, good for just two big blinds.
As the chips were shipped to Hess, Dick Harwood sauntered by with a grin on his face and he later told us why: he had made a huge laydown and mucked , and this incredible fold may end up being the hand which propels him to a WSOP victory.