Patrick Braga was in dire need of a double-up. Up against John Cayley, who had just shoved all-in, Braga didn’t think long before calling and both men tabled their hands:
Patrick knew he was slightly behind, and when the flop came out, the window was bad news: . And then it got worse, the window was hiding another ten. So Cayley flops Quads and effectively crushed Braga’s hopes and stack.
After all was said and done, Braga was left with 250,000 chips, the equivalent of the small blind.
The following hand involved both Cayley and Braga, but also Lam Nguyen. From an early position, Braga took a peek at his hole cards and quickly did the math and figured out that he was going to be big blind soon. If he waited that long, he would only be able to win back his ante. So he pushed his modest stack forward. Cayley took a quick peek at Nguyen’s stack, who was big blind, and shoved on top in a clear message to Nguyen to back-out. But Nguyen surprised everyone by going all in as well, for approximately 5,000,000 chips. Everyone opened up.
The flop received a happy hoot from Nguyen: who had flopped a set. Braga was out of his seat even before the remaining two cards came out: . So Nguyen gets a much needed double-up and Braga goes to the rail in 79th position and $4,000.
The players are now on their last level of the evening.