Mike Jozoff raised from middle position to 75,000, leaving himself just 25,000 behind. Daniyal Gheba called from the cutoff, and Daniel Swartz called from the small blind.
The flop came , and it checks to Gheba, who bet 50,000. Swartz called, and Jozoff paused for a moment and said, “Ummm …”
Jozoff looked at his cards and laughed, jokingly asking, “Can I phone a friend?”
Swartz said, “Only for this spot.”
Jozoff thought a bit more before he shrugged and folded, and Swartz said, “I think it was a good fold.”
Jozoff replied, “I think so too.”
The turn card paired the board with the , Gheba bet 100,000, Swartz raised to 225,000, and Gheba quickly moved all in. Swartz snap-called with for a full house, fours full of nines.
Gheba turned over , and needed to catch an ace or a nine on the river to stay alive.
The river card double-paired the board with the , and Swartz won the pot with his full house to eliminate Gheba in 9th place.
Daniel Swartz – 1,950,000 (98 bb)
Mike Jozoff – 25,000 (1 bb)
Daniyal Gheba – Eliminated in 9th Place ($5,595)
With eight players remaining from a field of 251, the average chip stack is around 630,000 (32 big blinds), and the remaining players are guaranteed at least $6,815 each.