It was indeed a classic flip, Jd Jh for Masoud Etemadiherisi, and Ah Qc for the covering Michael Dwyer, who was short himself and would be next on the potential chopping should he not manage to find some of his cards on the table.
What do you know, the flop came Ad 5h Th, Ts. Players clamoured from the surrounding tables to behold what was, in the dozenth hand for hand dealt, the best chance of a bursting elimination.
Burst the bubble did, the river 7d was neither of the two jacks in the deck that the at-risk Etemadiherisi desperately required.
Dwyer was congratulated heartily by all the clamour and got his head briefly above water, though with the big blind now 6,000, his stack still totalled up to fewer than twenty big blinds. Expect now a flurry of eliminations as the shallow-stacked’s greatest fears have been allayed, and 450 Euros are locked up for all who remain.