We just watched Walter Browne, who was recently eliminated in 8th place, walk back onto the tournament floor to speak with Gregory Alston. He then wished his former tablemates well with a sincere "good luck gentleman," before departing for some much needed rest.
The former chess Grandmaster showed some serious class by returning in good spirits and we here at PokerNews wish him good luck as well.
After dropping a few chips in a previous pot, Charles Cohen raised all-in from the button, putting his last 645,000 at risk. Joseph Bolnick capped his cards and asked the dealer to pull in his big blind, wondering how much more he needed to call.
Cohen, who is known as "Brooklyn" by his fellow players, stood up and pulled a package of Lifesaver candies from his pocket, tossing it to the tanking Bolnick. "Want a Lifesaver?" he asked before walking away to await Bolnick's decision.
Eventually, Bolnick announced "I'm gonna have to let you have this pot Brooklyn" before tossing his cards in the muck. He later told Cohen, "I was honestly going to call until you offered me the Lifesavers." Depending on whether or not Cohen was bluffing, those candies may have really been life savers after all.
Richard "Dick" Harwood opened for 175,000 and watched as Walter Browne shipped his entire stack of 1,115,000 into the middle. Before Harwood could even think about Browne's shove, he heard James Hess announce an instant call, which put Hess' last 1,075,000 at risk as well.
With the action back on him, Dick Harwood called for time and stood up to think things over. He went deep into the tank while the railbirds swarmed in anticipation, deciding whether or not his cards were strong enough to wager his last 900,000 with. Eventually Harwood decided to release his hand and let the other two players do battle.
Browne found himself crushed by Hess' kings, and he needed to spike a fishhook to come from behind.
The final board rolled out and no jacks could be found. After the win, Hess raised his fists in the air and screamed "Yes!" at the top of lungs, obviously enjoying the thrill of victory here at the final table. Browne was crippled with the loss and now sits with only 70,000 chips, good for just two big blinds.
As the chips were shipped to Hess, Dick Harwood sauntered by with a grin on his face and he later told us why: he had made a huge laydown and mucked , and this incredible fold may end up being the hand which propels him to a WSOP victory.
James Hess raised to 200,000 on his button and James Jewell made a play that we have rarely seen at this final table: he three-bet, making it 610,000 to go. This reraise put half of Jewell's stack in the pot and Hess asked for a count of his opponent's remaining chips before deciding to make the call.
The flop fell and Jewell jammed the pot, moving all-in for his last 645,000. Even though this may appear to be an automatic call for most internet players, at the Seniors Championship, aggression is respected without question. Hess mucked his hand and Jewell chipped up in a big way with his power play.