Chris Klodnicki opened to 4,800 from the cutoff, but that's as far as he'd get. Next door, Erik Seidel reraised to 12,000, and action froze on Mike McDonald in the small blind. After a bit of a pause, he announced a pot-raise to 43,200 total. That folded Klodnicki quickly, but Seidel moved all in for just a bit more. McDonald called all in, and the cards were on their backs.
The board ran out to hold McDonald's aces and give him the pot. The two men began eying up their stacks to see what was what.
"I think you might have me," McDonald offered. "But just by a little bit."
He was right. When the stacks were counted down, Seidel's 52,300 chips were bigger than McDonald's 52,200. "A chip and a chair," someone said. Seidel will have just that lonely black chip with which to try and channel the ghost of Treetop Straus.