Short-stack Christopher Fitzgerald, down to just a little over four big blinds, had been taking his time in the previous hands with the big payjump looming between 19th and 18th place. However, from under the gun with , he went for it and found a caller in big blind Andrei Konopelko with .
Konopelko spiked a fortuitous flop with , albeit Fitzgerald was still drawing very live with his nut flush draw and overcard. Neither the turn nor river helped him, though, ending his bid in 19th place.
The remaining eighteen players moved to the two outer feature stages in the Thunderdome and did a redraw for the final two tables.