From under the gun, the severely-crippled Frank Paul raised all in for 11,000, which was just over two big blinds. Action folded around the table to Jason Koon in the small blind. He commented that he "really should call and check this down," but opted to fold instead. In the big blind was Kenna James. James didn't have a big stack to start the hand with under 70,000 in chips, so committing the extra 6,000 to call was something he thought about for a few moments. Finally, he said that he needed to do the "correct thing" and called to put Paul at risk.
James tabled the and paul the . The dealer was then instructed to hold the action until all other tables were completed. That took a couple of minutes and allowed a pretty big group of spectators to form around Table 27 where Paul was at risk.
"This is my favorite hand," said James motioning towards his eight-five off suit. "Well, suited of course."
"I like the off suit!" yelled out one of the onlookers.
"I'm such an idiot, I should've called and sent this guy to the rail," said Koon as he watched. "I'm just that dumb kid from the Midwest who wanted to be all nice and sh*t."
A couple minutes passed while the other tables wrapped up their hands and then the floor staff instructed the dealer to run out the flop, turn and river. Here we go.
The flop came down and Paul stayed in the lead, but needed to dodge some more outs as James added a straight draw. The turn paired James and left Paul needing an ace or a jack on the river.
The river was the and paired the board. It wasn't what Paul was looking for and he was eliminated from play, just one spot short of the money and officially becoming the 2012 Aussie Millions Main Event bubble boy. Upon seeing the result when the river card hit, Paul simply sat in his seat right next to James with a rather dejected look on his face. He didn't move right away, he just sat there, wondering what could have been had he doubled up, stayed alive and fought on for the A$15,000 cash. Unfortunately for Paul, he was the last to go home empty-handed, but did earn a $550 entry to the special Hall of Fame tournament.