"He just hit a two-outer on the river," realized Jonathan Zarin after processing the unlucky outcome of the hand that saw him eliminated.
Just as many of the previous heads-up pots started, the final one was limped. Tyler Groth was on the button and completed. Zarin's check was followed by the flop, where Zarin led out for 100,000. Groth called.
The turn brought Zarin's second barrel — worth 300,000 this time. Groth called again.
The key card of the tournament was the river, though. Zarin announced he was all in, and Groth called immediately, saying, "Aces full."
Zarin couldn't believe that his opponent really hit the ace on the river. Groth's was trailing on the flop and turn, as Zarin held for a flopped set and a turned full house.
Jonathan Zarin fell just shy of winning the bracelet, outlasting all but one player in the $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event. Zarin earned $110,655 for his runner-up finish, while the elusive gold belongs to Jonathan Groth.