Coming into Day 2 with a stack of only 6,100, Jim Thomas knew it would be a tight squeeze if he hoped to make the money. Just 45 minutes into the first level of play, Thomas hadn't seen a card higher than a , and with no chance to double, his stack had slipped to just 1,100, or less than a single big blind.
With the button being passed around the table slowly but surely, Thomas knew his last two chips would be forced into the middle in just three hands, and he was prepared to meet his fate holding a random hand.
That's when he heard the tournament director's voice boom over the microphone, announcing that dealers must stop and stand at the completion of the hand. After five minutes that must have felt like an eternity, during which Thomas assumed a few more hands would have to be dealt, a second announcement was made.
"Congratulations players, you have all made the money!"
With that, Thomas retook his seat secure in the knowledge that yesterday's grueling 11-level grind had paid off, and with his second cash in his fourth Seniors Championship, Thomas is now batting an impressive .500 in these massive field, shallow stack events.