Level 18: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante
After a flop of 842, Michael Kamran checks, Gary Tighe bets, and Kamran moves all in. Tighe calls with 66, but he's a huge underdog to Kamran's 88 -- top set.
The turn is the 9, the river is the K, and Michael Kamran wins the pot with his set of eights. Gary Tighe, the grand nephew of Babe Ruth, is eliminated in 20th place.
Michael Kamran - 1,050,000
Gary Tighe - Out in 20th Place ($25,000)
Level 17: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Paul Wasicka moves all in from the cutoff for 7,000, Michael Kamran raises from the small blind to 32,000, and Gary Tighe calls from the big blind. Both players check all the way down on a board of 8322J.
Kamran shows AQ to win the pot with ace high, and Wasicka and Tighe both muck.
Shooting Star Paul Wasicka is eliminated in 35th place, earning $15,000. Michael Kamran collects the $5,000 bounty and the autographed t-shirt.
Michael Kamran - 595,000
Gary Tighe - 520,000
Paul Wasicka - Out in 35th ($15,000)
Level 17: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Gary Tighe raises preflop, and Paul Wasicka calls from one of the blinds. The flop comes 1083, Wasicka checks, Tighe bets 20,000, and Wasicka calls.
The turn card is the Q, Wasicka checks, and Tighe rolls a die, getting a "1." Tighe says, "I've been getting a lot of ones lately." He bets 100,000, and Wasicka moves all in. Tighe immediately calls with AA, and Wasicka shows J8 for a pair of eights with a gutshot straight draw and a flush draw.
The river card is the Q, and Gary Tighe wins the pot with two pair, aces and queens. Paul Wasicka is crippled.
Gary Tighe - 550,000
Paul Wasicka - 9,500
Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
A player raises from early position, David "The Dragon" Pham calls from the button, and Gary Tighe (great-grand nephew of Babe Ruth) calls from the big blind.
The flop comes 763, it's checked to Pham who bets 5,100. Tighe raises to 10,600, the early-position player folds, Pham reraises to 23,600, and Tighe quickly calls.
The turn card is the J, and Tighe moves all in for 63,400. Pham has him covered, and goes into the tank for a while. Tighe promises to show his cards if Pham folds, but Pham says he doesn't care either way; once he makes a decision, he lives with it.
Pham finally calls with 8-8 (pair of eights, overpair to the flop), but Tighe shows KJ -- he turned a pair of jacks. The river card is the 9, and Tighe wins a huge pot to double up.
Gary Tighe - 182,000
David Pham - 59,000
In the 10-15 minutes since this hand played out, both players have continued in separate directions, with Tighe adding to his stack, and Pham losing from his.
Gary Tighe - 252,000
David Pham - 38,000
Level 10: 400-800, 100 ante
There are three players who have a solid lead over the rest of the field, and they are the current frontrunners for the $10,000 Day 1b chipleader bonus.
1. Vivek Rajkumar - 160,000
2. Gary "Babe Ruth" Tighe - 157,000
3. Wook "Danny" Kim - 150,000
Rajkumar catapulted into the running late in Level 9, winning a big pot when his Q-Q cracked another player's K-K by catching a runner-runner spade flush.
Level 5: 100-200, 25 ante
John Phan is all in preflop for 3,075, Chris McCormack moves all in over the top, and Gary Tighe calls, covering them both.
Gary Tighe: A2
Chris McCormack: KK
John Phan: AJ
The board comes 543QJ, and Tighe flops a wheel to bust both McCormack and Phan on the same hand. John Phan is a Shooting Star, so Tighe collects the $5,000 bounty and an autographed t-shirt.
Tighe tells us he is the great nephew of George Herman Ruth Jr. -- better known as the greatest baseball player who ever lived, Babe Ruth.