2022 888poker XL Winter Series
Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em

Jack McClelland Eliminated in 19th Place


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 {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts}.

"That's what I was hoping for," Zuerndorfer said turning over {J-Clubs}{J-Spades}.

The dealer paused momentarily then flopped {4-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}{6-Clubs} giving McClelland the advantage.

"Just a red jack," Zuerndorfer pleaded.

The turn was red, but it was the {8-Hearts}.

"C'mon, just a red jack," he repeated.

The dealer wrapped the table and dropped a bomb, the {J-Hearts}, 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.

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