Russell Thomas started this hand with the button. He raised and won the pot.
Jesse Sylvia started the hand with the button. Greg Merson was first to act, and opened to 1.2 million. Jake Balsiger defended his big blind, and the flop fell . Balsiger checked, Merson fired 1.6 million, and Balsiger folded.
Greg Merson started the hand on the button. Jake Balsiger raised to 1.2 million from under the gun and Russell Thomas called from the big blind to take a flop. Thomas checked, and Balsiger bet 1.5 million. Thomas folded.
Jeremy Ausmus had the button, and opened to 1.2 million. Jesse Sylvia defended his big blind, and the flop fell . Both players checked.
The turn was the , Sylvia checked, Ausmus fired 1.5 million, and Sylvia check-raised to 3.6 million. Ausmus tanked, then moved all in for around 14.5 million. Sylvia instantly called.
The spectators in the Penn & Teller Theater rose to their feet when the cards were turned over, Ausmus' rail calling for a six or a jack, and Sylvia's rail yelling "Hold!"
Sylvia held as the spiked on the river, and his rail erupted. Ausmus will take home $2,155,313 for his fifth-place finish.
Sam Trickett was born on July 2, 1986 in East Retford, in the United Kingdom. Initially a professional footballer at Hartlepool United, he had to stop his career in 2005 due to a knee injury. Then, he discovered poker - a game that offered him as much excitement and adrenaline as football.
He participated in various tournaments, and became a regular player, both online and live. In 2008, he won the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Main Event, taking home $210,000.
Sam Trickett is one of the best professional players in recent years. He has played four WSOP final tables, and won the Partouche Poker Tour in 2011. In 2012, he landed the biggest score of his career, finishing second in the Big One for One Drop, winning over $10 million. He is currently ranked fourth in the All Time Money List with gains amounting to over $16 million.
Sam Trickett is the best poker player in England. Participating in the ISPT seemed obvious to him. "As a poker player, I have to be associated with such an enormous event. Being part of this tournament means being part of the history of poker" Sam Trickett said.
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Jake Balsiger had the button. Jesse Sylvia raised from under the gun and took down the pot.
Russell Thomas started the hand with the button. Jesse Sylvia opened to 1.3 million, Thomas called from the small blind, and the flop fell . Both players checked.
The turn was the , Thomas checked, Sylvia bet, and Thomas folded.
Jesse Sylvia had the button. He opened to 1.3 million, and won the pot.
Greg Merson had the button. He raised to 1.2 million and won the pot.