Event 61: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event

David Balkin Eliminated in 18th Place ($369,026)

David Balkin - 18th Place

In the first hand after the two-table redraw, David Balkin raised to 425,000 from middle position and was called by Michael Esposito. The {8-Spades}{K-Spades}{8-Hearts} flop saw Balkin bet 625,000, Esposito call, and the {Q-Clubs} appear on the turn.

This time Balkin checked, and Esposito fired out 925,000. Balkin responded by moving all in and Esposito snap-called.

Esposito: {A-Clubs}{8-Clubs}
Balkin: {A-Spades}{A-Diamonds}

Balkin no doubt thought he had the best hand, but Esposito had nailed the flop and was a huge favorite; in fact, Balkin needed the case ace to stay alive. The dealer burned one last time and put out the {Q-Spades}, putting an end to the Australian's deep run in 18th place.

Player Chips Progress
Michael Esposito us
Michael Esposito
us 18,250,000 5,050,000
David Balkin AU
David Balkin
AU Busted

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