Erik Hellman started Day 3 with a lot of chips, and has seen his stack steadily rise as the afternoon has progressed.
Just now he accumulated a few more chips in a hand in which he and an opponent built a pot of about 17,000 by the turn with the board showing . At that point Hellman's opponent fired 7,500 and Hellman called.
The river brought the and checks from both, and Hellman showed his first. His opponent then turned over .
"Wow, that's impossible," grinned Hellman, realizing his ace-king was good.