After three hands in a row in which preflop raises claimed the blinds and antes — two by Jeremy Ausmus, one by Russell Thomas — Thomas was raising again to 450,000 from early position and getting a caller this time in Jacob Balsiger in the big blind.
The flop came . Balsiger checked, Thomas bet 500,000, and Balsiger called. The turn then brought the and checks from both players.
The river was the . Balsiger checked once more, and this time Thomas fired 1.3 million. Balsiger thought a full minute, then looked back at his cards and pushed them away.