We heard a burst of oohs and ahhs from Table #11 in the Brasilia Room's Gold section, and rushed over to find the aftermath of a brutal bad beat.
Apparently Tommy Vinas, who placed 14th in a $2,500 WSOP event in 1991, had all of his chips in the middle before the flop against an opponent who held .
Vinas was in front with his , but when the flop fell his kings were overcome by a set of eights. With another player informing the table that he folded , Vinas was down to one out in the deck, and the on the turn was not one of them.
A poker hand is never decided until the river has arrived, and even 98% favorites can be beaten, as illustrated by Vinas' improbable catch on fifth street.
"I've been playing the World Series for 37 years," said Vinas as he happily counted his chips, no doubt believing that his good fortune was simply a byproduct of putting in the work for nearly four decades.