On his last shove, Darryl Ronconi was quickly called by Antonin Teisseire to put the former all in for about 1.5 million or so. He was at risk, and the news was not good.
Teisseire's crowd rose to their feet, and he he gave them a wide-eyed stare as he realized he was potentially five cards from WSOP glory. The fans broke into chants just in time to see their man's dreams momentarily deadened as the flop brought . In near-silence suddenly, Ronconi let out a cheer of his own, arms up in the air as he'd binked the three-outer.
The turn came the , though, and Teisseire picked up the flush outs. The noise returned as the French cheerleaders begged the dealer for a heart. "Couer! Couer!" they yelled at the stage, and their cries were promptly answered.
The dropped off the deck on the river, and the crowd erupted in a French frenzy of celebration. Teissiere, who is not a small man, stampeded across the stage and into the arms of his spectators who were crashing the boards along the rail. A long celebration ensued with chanting and celebration and hugs all around.
During the chaos, Darryl Ronconi was standing alone quietly at his side of the table, starting down longingly at the board that had just sealed his fate. His run for a bracelet has been cut short by just one spot, and he'll have to settle for $510,053 as a consolation prize. Congratulations, Darryl.