Newly busted Masud “Doc” Prodhan accosted me at the rail; his bad beat was so painful he couldn’t even say it out loud, he just handed me his phone so I could read it off his Facebook page.
It transpires that Doc had been in possession of around 160k when he saw an A-2-3 flop holding 4s-5s. His opponent bet out 20k and Doc raised to 55k; after a little while his opponent reraised all in and they proceeded to showdown.
Doc’s straight was ahead of his opponent’s As-2s and stayed that way when the turn brought a four, but a third deuce on the river made a full house for the other guy and Doc’s tournament dreams were dashed. “Nothing I could do,” he sighed. It’s a cruel game sometimes.