Hand #80: Chen opened to 325,000 from the cutoff, Liberto called in the small blind, and Kelly decided to three-bet shove for his last 2.95 million. Chen got out of the way, leaving Liberto to contemplate his decision. After checking and rechecking his cards, Liberto finally tossed calling chips into the middle and rolled over . Kelly was ahead with his , but only by the thinnest of margins, and the young online phenom was racing for his tournament life.
The flop was a dry one for Liberto, and Kelly's pocket pair had preserved its lead through three board cards.
The ultimate sweat card arrived on the turn, giving Liberto lifelines in the form of flush and gutshot straight possibilites, in addition to his overcards. The railbirds hovered closer to the table to await the river's decision.
Liberto hit both ways, spiking a pair while improving to a flush to add a bit of flourish to the elimination.