Level 20 (8,000/16,000/2,000)
Total Entrants: 346
Players Remaining: 9
Chip Average: 769,000
Shawn McCracken (pictured) was in the middle of the pack at the start of the final table but is the first player to be eliminated with Eric Thompson taking him out.
McCracken opened to 40,000 under the gun and Thompson three-bet to 90,000 in the cutoff. McCracken moved all-in for about 320,000. Thompson took 30 seconds and then called with A♦Q♦.
McCracken trailed with K♦Q♣ and was drawing nearly dead after the A♣9♦2♦ flop. The 6♥ turn sealed the hand for Thompson and McCracken walks the plank first at the final table. Thompson is the chip leader with 1,760,000. Jon Bennett remains the short stack at the final table with the blinds soon to go up.