From the hijack, Michael Binger opened to 9,000 and Paul Pierce made the call in the cutoff before Christopher Smith three-bet the button to 17,000. Binger folded, but Pierce made the call as the dealer spread a flop.
Smith continued for 15,000 and Pierce check-called as the rolled off on the turn and Pierce tapped the table for a second time. Smith cut out a bet of 35,000, and after a few moments deliberating, Pierce tossed in calling chips.
The dealer dropped the on the river and Pierce paused, then announced he was all in. Smith asked for a count, and Pierce pushed each of his stacks towards the dealer where it was revealed that the bet was for 129,000 total.
As Smith dove into the tank, Pierce waved off his masseuse, stood up and rubbed his hands together before putting them behind his back as he towered high over Smith waiting for his opponent to come up with a decision. A further few minutes went by with Smith cutting out the necessary calling chips before eventually sliding them in and tabling for top two pair.
Pierce lent down over the table, retrieved his hand, tapped the table with it and then revealed his for a rivered two pair while uttering, "Damn!"
As Pierce shook hands with Smith, the rail chimed in with a few claps before Pierce added, "good run!"
Although Pierce may not have reached the money in this year's Main Event, his $15,333,334 salary from his previous season with the Brooklyn Nets means that for every two-and-a-half minutes of game time last season he made the equivalent of the $18,406 min-cash.