Russell Thomas had the button. Steve Gee opened to 900,000 from under the gun, Greg Merson called on his direct left, Russell Thomas called on the button, and both blinds released.
The flop was , Gee led for 1.6 million, Merson folded, and Thomas called. The turn was the , Gee fired another bullet - this one was worth 3.25 million - and Thomas called.
The completed the board, and Gee emptied the chamber, moving all in for 11.35 million. Thomas shot back in his chair. While the dealer was cutting out Gee's stack, Thomas put his hand over his mouth, then began to stare at Gee. He examined his own stack, cut out a few chips, then returned them to his stack.
After over 5 minutes in the tank, Thomas called.
Gee stood up from the table and turned over for a pair of eights. Thomas turned over for a winning pair of queens, and the theater erupted.
Gee will take home $754,798 for his efforts, while Thomas is now flirting with 40 million chips.
Sarah Grant spoke with Gee straight after his elimination: