Phil Hellmuth raised to 12,500 playing a stack of about 100,000. His perennial nemesis, Martin de Knijff made it 32,500 to go from the blinds and Hellmuth elected to flat call, seeing a flop.
De Knijff fired out a bet of 30,000 and Hellmuth went massively into the tank, counting and recounting his stack several times. Finally, he declared he was all in, De Knijff quickly called.
Hellmuth was in trouble, he was drawing to a three or running spades if he wanted to survive and the on the turn gave him a flush draw, dramatically increasing his chances. The river was black but it was the and not a spade, the crowd groaned and many began to leave as at the same time as Hellmuth, now that their favourite player had been eliminated just before the money.
Martin De Knijff meanwhile, is over the 500,000 mark.