It’s all over on Day 2 thanks to the elimination of Kris Nestorovic in seventh place, and here’s how the final hand went down.
From under the gun, Alexander Antonios opened to 6,500. Michael Tran called from the next seat, Nestorovic called on the button, and then Phil Hellmuth called out of the big bind.
“I hate this hand,” Hellmuth said with a laugh after closing the action with his call from the big blind. “Everyone’s raising and stuff — I hate this hand, but can’t fold it here.”
The flop came down , which must've turned Hellmuth's hate into love as he fired 15,000. Antonios and Tran both folded, and then Nestorovic raised all in.
“How much is it?” Hellmuth asked the dealer, prompting a count of Nestorovic's stack on the shove. The dealer informed Hellmuth that it was 65,500 total.
“Ugh, I need you to have aces and fours," Hellmuth said, holding his hand up in front of him and staring at it. "I guess I have no choice, I call."
Nestorovic showed the for top pair with a queen kicker, but he was behind the that Hellmuth had for top two pair.
The turn was the , and you could see the anxiousness in Hellmuth as he leaned slightly forward in his chair as the dealer finished off the board.
The final card to the table was the . A loud clap of the hands came from Hellmuth, who was clearly excited to have won the hand and made his 51st official World Series of Poker final table. Nestorovic was eliminated in seventh place, taking home AU$14,347, and the remaining six began to bag up their chips for Day 3.