It took less than a level for the first elimination to occur in the world's biggest buy-in poker tournament, and the hand in question happened between Sam Trickett and David Einhorn, who finished second and third respectively in the inaugural Big One for One Drop.
The hand, which took place at the tail end of Level 1, began when Trickett raised to 18,000 from the button and Einhorn three-bet to 51,000 from the small blind. The big blind folded, and Tricket opted to make the call to see a flop of . Einhorn was first to act and led out for 75,000, which Trickett called.
After the dealer burned and turned the , Einhorn upped his bet to 175,000 and Trickett paused for a few moments before raising to 475,000. Einhorn wasted little time in three-betting to 775,000, and Trickett though long and hard before dropping in a call.
When the completed the board on the river, Einhorn bet 850,000 and Trickett quietly announced that he was all in. Einhorn snap-called.
Einhorn had flopped top set, but Trickett had a well-disguised straight. Einhorn seemed a bit shellshocked as the dealer counted down the stacks and it was determined he had the shorter of the two.
Einhorn, who came close to taking down this event the first time around, becomes the first elimination of the 2014 World Series of Poker Big One for One Drop. On a side note, Igor Kurganov was moved to the table to replace Einhorn.