Event 1: James Salmon – 2nd Place ($91,097)

$350 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack (Re-Entry)
Level 41: 800,000/1,600,000 with a 200,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 2,692
Average Stack: 26,920,000 (22 big blinds)

James Salmon
James Salmon

No one expected the Event 1 heads up match to go three hours, but that’s exactly what happened. Jon Borenstein was knocked out at 5:30 and they hit the final hand at 8:30.

Vitor Coelho’s loss of the lead didn’t last long and the two players were dead even when Coelho shoved from the button. James Salmon took his time and eventually called with AsTd.

Salmon was ahead against QdJd but Coelho added a lot of outs on the Th9h2c flop. He hit the Js turn to leave Salmon with five river outs. None of them came on the Jh river and the stacks needed to be checked.

After the accounting was done by the dealer and tournament staff confirmed the numbers, Coelho had the bigger stack over Salmon by a single chip. That put the tournament in the books with Vitor Coelho sending James Salmon out in second place. One spot short of defending his opening tournament title from last year’s Showdown series.