Event #65: $10,000 Main Event

Keranen Gets the Last Laugh

[user101598] • Level 24: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante
Curtis Rystadt - Eliminated

According to Ty Stewart and others, Kyle Keranen and Curtis Rystadt were getting into it with one another over at the Feature Table earlier in the day. ESPN's Andrew Feldman wrote that Keranen actually talked to the tournament staff about Rystadt's trash talking.

Their table was recently moved to the secondary feature section in the middle of the Amazon Room, where the two would play a four million-chip pot.

Rystadt checked to Keranen on a board of {k-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{2-Hearts}, and he tossed out a bet of what looked like 125,000. Rystadt check-raised to 400,000, pushing out two large towers of orange T5,000 chips, and Keranen made the call.

The {4-Hearts} completed the board, Rystadt bet an identical 400,000, and Keranen went into the tank.

"All in," he said suddenly, moving in for effectively 1.5 million.

Rystadt went deep into the tank, saying that he thought Keranen has the {a-Clubs} in his hand. He also repeated the world "Hollywood" a few times.

"What are the blinds going to be next level?" Rystadt asked the dealer, wanting to know how many big blinds he would have if he folded. "I'll still have over a million chips."

Rystadt's tank lasted over five minutes before he finally called, and Keranen ripped over {a-Clubs}{10-Clubs} for the stone-cold nuts. Rystadt tried to muck, but per WSOP rules the dealer was forced to expose his hand: {k-Spades}{4-Spades}.

Keranen, who finished as the chip leader on Day 5 of the 2012 WSOP Main Event, rocketed up to 5.9 million chips, while Rystadt hit the rail.

Chip Counts
Kyle Keranen us 5,900,000 2,000,000
Curtis Rystadt us Out