Jason Mercier raised to 2,000 from the button, and he opened the proverbial can of worms. Tony Bloom three-bet to 6,500 from the small blind, and Mikhail Smirnov four-bet to 16,000 in the big. That folded Mercier, and Bloom reraised again. Smirnov put it all in there, and Bloom called off his last 69,500 chips to put himself at risk.
The race was on, and Bloom's horse pulled out to an early lead on the flop. The turn was a serious stumbling block, though, and Smirnov was suddenly one card from the knockout. the river secured that, and Bloom has been forced to make his exit. Always gregarious, Bloom shook hands with his table and wished them all luck before departing. He was runner-up in this event last year, but the 2012 edition has not gone quite so well for the "The Lizard".