Hand #61: Phil Hellmuth had the button, and the action folded to him. He folded as well, and Antonio Esfandiari raised. Sam Trickett released, and Esfandiari took down the pot.
Hand #62: Antonio Esfandiari had the button, and Phil Hellmuth was first to act. He opened to 2.8 million, Esfandiari released, and Sam Trickett three-bet jammed for 33.575 million. David Einhorn folded from the big blind, and Hellmuth quickly called all in for 8.025 million.
Hellmuth tabled , and he was trailing Trickett's .
There was a pause for effect, then the dealer rapped the table, burned a card, and spread . The entire mothership erupted. The flop gave Hellmuth aces and tens, but Trickett had ace-high flush draw, and any queen would give him a better two pair.
The crowd hushed as the dealer burned a second card, and delivered the on the turn. The crowd erupted once more. Now, Trickett could make the best hand with any heart, any king, any jack, or any queen.
The mothership went silent as the dealer rapped the table one final time. He burned a card, then spiked the on the river. A chorus of cheers and "ooohhhs" filled the air as Trickett stood to shake Hellmuth's hand. A fourth-place finish has to be bittersweet for the twelve-time WSOP bracelet winner, but this is the biggest score of his career, and a top-notch accomplishment.