Normally in these kind of tournaments hand-for-hand play can drag on for 30 minutes to even an hour occasionally. And sometimes, there isn't even hand-for-hand play. That was the case here, as last year's 3rd place finisher in the Main Event Jacob Balsiger busted in the hand leading up to hand-for-hand.
The action started with Balsiger raising to 2,700 from the hijack. Mathew Moore was in the small blind, and he three bet it to 6,800. Balsiger tagged along, and the flop came rainbow with one spade. Moore fired out 5,500, and Balsiger called. The turn brought the , and Moore kept up the aggression, with a bet of 11,500. Balsiger called again, and the river was the . Moore bet enough to put Balsiger all in, and after a few moments of thought, he called off the rest of his stack.
Moore rolled over , and it was good enough to beat Balsiger, as he mucked his hand. It took the floor staff a few minutes to ensure that Balsiger was the sixth player to be busted today, and sure enough he was, as he became our official bubble boy.