Jacob Balsiger opened for 100,000 and received a call from Greg Merson. Last year's ninth-place finisher in the Main Event, Sam Holden, then moved all in for 960000. Balsiger made the call while Merson opted to get out of the way.
Holden was ahead, but Balsiger held two overs. It was off to the races headed to the flop, which came down . Holden maintained his lead, but the turn gave Balsiger a whole new set of outs as he picked up the better flush draw. The crowd around the ESPN Main Stage was quiet as the dealer burned one last time and put out the on the river.
It was a safe card for Holden, and his dream of making back-to-back Main Event final tables is still alive.