Just as it looked like we were in for the long haul, we finally found our cooler hand. The action was kicked off by Jani Vilmunen, who made a familiar 120,000 preflop raise from the button. As deliberate and meticulous as ever, Howard Lederer prudently counted out segments of his stack before making it 360,000. Vilmunen made the call.
Realising that this was potentially the bracelet-winning pot, the crowd drew slightly closer, their breaths held as the dealer lay a onto the felt.
At first glance, it was an action flop, and indeed it was as Lederer led for 600,000. A brief pause to deceive his opponent, and Vilmunen waved forward his hands in declaration of an all-in. Lederer nodded his head and called.
Cards on their backs and what a cooler for a raised pot: Lederer flopped the straight with ; Vilmunen flopped a bigger, much more nuttier one with ! Lederer had the backdoor flush draw, but once the turn came the , he was drawing dead, and could do little but rise from his seat and congratulate his triumphant opponent as an academic left the dealer's paw.
A gentle fist-pump later, and Jani Vilmunen of Finland was officially acknowledged as the winner of Event #3,
On the first hand back, Jani Vilmunen raised to 75,000 from the button and Howard Lederer called. flop, Lederer checked, Vilmunen continuation bet what appeared to be 120,000, Lederer called. turn, Lederer checked, Vilmunen bet 250,000, Lederer folded.