Norman Chad returned from the dinner break with but 53,000, and after giving up the big and small blinds, was down to just 30,000.
Then came a hand in which chip leader Mark Gregorich raised from under the gun, and it folded to Chad. He checked his cards, then glanced at the few orange and pink chips he had left. Then one by one Chad set out a Visa credit card and his AAA card (see photo).
"This one has a $50,000 limit," he noted, pointing at the credit card. He then pushed his chips forward. "I'm betting these, plus another $15,800," he explained.
All laughed, the blinds folded, and the players tabled their cards. "I like your hand," Chad said as he saw Gregorich's . Meanwhile Chad pulled back his Visa and AAA cards and tabled his .
The board ran out , giving Gregorich a flush and the nut low, and the crowd cheered as Chad shook hands with his opponents before departing in sixth. Not quite a "beyond fairy tale" finish for the commentator, but highly impressive nonetheless.