Jack McClelland, a former World Series of Poker tournament director has been sent to the rail after a dramatic, 100,000 chip race.
It all started when Hoai Pham opened in early position to 14,000. McClelland re-raised to 52,300 (all-in) and Eric Zuerndorfer then re-shoved for 59,800. Pham went deep into the tank, cutting chips out and returning them to his stack before finally folding.
"Hearts," McClelland uttered while tabling .
"That's what I was hoping for," Zuerndorfer said turning over .
The dealer paused momentarily then flopped giving McClelland the advantage.
"Just a red jack," Zuerndorfer pleaded.
The turn was red, but it was the .
"C'mon, just a red jack," he repeated.
The dealer wrapped the table and dropped a bomb, the , on the river.
Most everybody in the vicinity exploded into a chorus of "oh's" as McClelland rose from his chair. A handful of players, even some from across the room, walked over to congratulate him and send him on the way. The former tournament director was surely a fan favorite, but he'll have to settle with a 19th place finish.