Main Event


John Dibella

We're not sure what else to title this whale of a pot.

Still very short on chips, Faraz Jaka found {6-Clubs} {6-Spades}, and he opened the pot with a small raise to 625,000. Next door, John Dibella found a better pair of {7-Clubs} {7-Hearts}, and he three-bet to 1.8 million flat. You won't believe it, but Kyle Julius had a pair in the big blind, too — and it was {A-Clubs} {A-Hearts}! He decided to make a flat-call, and Jaka gave a long look. It seems he may have smelled the trouble, because he mucked out of the way and let the other two go at it.

Just to make this hand even more amazing, Dibella caught lightning in a bottle on the {8-Diamonds} {3-Diamonds} {7-Diamonds} flop, snagging his set to take a big lead. He checked, though, and Julius put out the bet of 1.1 million. Dibella flatted that bet, and Julius made the same 1.1-million chip bet on the {8-Hearts} river. With a full house now, Dibella let out a sigh of feigned uncertainty, then check-raised to 2.5 million. Julius didn't waste much time shoving all in, and Dibella called off the rest of his stack, two cards from a huge double.

Julius could hardly believe the bad news when Dibella tabled his hand, but he still had four outs to make a better full house and drag the monster pot.

The river was the blank {K-Spades}, though, and Dibella has leapfrogged all the way into the chip lead.

Chip stacks
John Dibella us 18,625,000 9,835,000
Kyle Julius us 10,800,000 -9,210,000

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