Mark Herm was on the ropes after losing a few big pots in short order, and he open-shoved for his last 400,000 holding the button.
Mike Watson called with and found himself in great shape against Herm's , but the latter was drawing to two live cards.
The flop came to gift Herm a gutshot straight draw to the nine. But the turn () and river () missed his hand entirely. Herm pocketed $126,882 for his efforts, while Watson secured his seat in the final heads-up match against Jared Jaffee.
The two will square off with a bracelet on the line at 8 p.m. local time, so check back then to find out who takes down their first taste of 2014 WSOP gold and glory.