Hand #13: Kyle Montgomery had the button to start the hand, and Jack Salter opened from under the gun to 65,000. Henry Wang called from the small blind, and then checked the flop to the preflop raiser. Salter bet 130,000, and Wang folded.
hand #14: From under the gun, Frank Kassela raised to 90,000. Action folded to Ang Italiano in the small blind, and she took some time to think over her decision before making the call. Jack Salter folded from the big blind, and the flop came down .
Italiano quickly moved all in on the flop, and Kassela snapped her off with the for top pair. Italiano was caught with her hand in the cookie jar holding the .
The turn brought the , and that gave Italiano an entire new world of hope as she picked up straight and flush draws to go along with her over card ace. Her rail of supporters cheered profusely for Italiano to hit, but all the deck could produce was the on the river and she was done.
Italiano was certainly the true "feel good" story of this final table, having won her seat into this event for just AU$130. She played two "Phase One" AU$65 satellites and won her second to earn entry into an AU$250 "Phase Two." She won that before winning a AU$1,100 "Phase Three" to win her seat in this Main Event. That means she saw a 91,260% increase on her original investment after walking away with a payday of AU$118,769.