A huge pot just developed that resulted in the elimination of Nick Grippo. It began when Ben Tollerene raised to 55,000 on the button and Joe Ebanks three-bet to 150,000 from the small blind. Grippo was in the big and opted for a four-bet to 300,000. Tollerene got out of the way while Ebanks put in a big five-bet, though we're not sure of the amount. What we are sure of is that Grippo moved all in and Ebanks snap-called, creating a pot of around 3.4 million.
Both players shared in ace, but it was the king of Ebanks that made him a huge favorite. "Queen," Grippo's supporters called from the rail. Their pleas continued as the flop failed to deliver a lady. "Queen," they shouted again as the dealer burned and turned the . While it wasn't a queen, it did open the door for a chop.
"Queen," the rail begged as the dealer prepared to put out the river . . . . It was a blank as far as Grippo was concerned.
"Nice hand, Joe," Grippo said as he slide stood and exited the tournament area in 9th place.