WSOP bracelet holder Jason Lester has cashed in the WSOP Main Event seven times previously, his best ever showing coming in 2003 when he finished fourth. Lester has been battling with a short stack for most of Day 3, however, and it looked just now as though his Main Event run this year was about to fall shy of the money.
Following a middle position player's opening raise to 6,200, Lester reraised all in from a seat over for his last 55,000 or so. It folded back around, and Lester's opponent tanked for some time before finally announcing he was calling.
Lester shook his head initially at the call while turning over his , guessing he was about to be racing for his tourney life. But when his opponent showed , he looked relieved. He looked even more so after the board ran out to give him the double-up and survival.
"I was hoping for jacks or tens," said Lester with a laugh. Then after pausing a moment, he looked up with a mischievous grin.
"Cocktails!" he shouted.