Event #58: $10,000 Main Event

Badih Can't Bear to Watch

• Level 24: 15,000-30,000, 4,000 ante

Bounahra Badih got his last 370,000 chips in with {7-Hearts} {8-Hearts}, and he was in bad shape when Andrey Pateychuk found {K-Diamonds} {K-Spades}, poised for the knockout. Badih couldn't bear to watch, and he walked about five table lengths away to spend the hand with his friends on the rail. From where he was standing, he couldn't see the board cards as the table was completely encircled by cameras and reporters with notebooks.

The flop came {5-Spades} {6-Spades} {4-Clubs}, and that's a pretty decent flop when you have seven-eight. Badih still had no idea that he'd flopped the joint, but he likely could tell something was going on from the reaction of the assembled masses. The {K-Hearts} dropped on the turn, drawing another big reaction from the table. He still didn't know it, but Badih was locked up in a real battle for his tournament life. He needed to fade a board pair to double, and the river {2-Clubs} was safe and clean.

Bryan Devonshire stood up and gave Badih a wave back to the table, and he came and looked to see what was what. "I won?" he asked. That was quickly followed by a shout to his rail, "I won!" He did indeed win, doubling his short stack up to about 775,000.

Tagovi: Bounahra BadihAndrey Pateychuk