Brandon Merrill had no doubt been looking forward to this day after qualifying for Event #35: $5,000 Eight-Handed No-Limit Hold'em via WSOP.com. Merrill had the opportunity to test his skills against some of the game's best, but unfortunately for him he wasn't able to parlay his small investment into a big payday.
Merrill was recently eliminated from the tournament, and while we didn't see the hand as it happened, Grayson Ramage was willing to fill us in on some details. As he told it, Merrill's final hand was a three-bet pot that led to an flop. Merrill check-called a bet, and then got the rest of his stack in on a turn. Merrill held for top pair and a flush draw, but it was behind the set of Ramage.
The river blanked, and Merrill's day came to an early end. The good news is that he can still get back in action over on WSOP.com, and who knows, maybe we'll see him qualify for another WSOP gold bracelet event!