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Event #57: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Championship

William Thorson Eliminated in 22nd Place ($317,161)

William Thorson - 22nd place

William Thorson must have thought he had the right conditions for a big blind squeeze. He saw John Dolan open for 375,000 and John Racener and Brandon Steven both call in position. Thorson had {j-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}, not the worst hand in the case of a call. He moved in for about 5.0 million total. Dolan and Steven folded, but Racener did not. He called with a concealed monster, {k-Spades}{k-Diamonds}.

But Thorson and Racener were going to get a sweat after a flop of {2-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds} gave Thorson a diamond flush draw. "Black deuce!" called out a spectator on the rail. Sure enough, the turn came {2-Spades}. It was another black card on the river, {5-Clubs}, that sent Thorson home in 22nd place.

After the river came down, Racener immediately pointed up at the spectator on the elevated rail who had called for a black deuce. "That's my boy!" he seemed to say. Then he shook Thorson's hand and collected his chips.

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