"What just happened?" we asked Rory Brown as he was stacking a lot of chips while the cutoff was seen leaving the tournament area with hanging shoulders and a look of confusion and chagrin on his face.
As we quickly wrote down the board and cards that were still out on the table while the delaer was pushing the chips to Brown, we got the story of what had happened.
The cutoff opened for 2,700 and Brown three-bet from the button to 9,000. Both blinds folded and the cutoff four-bet to 22,000. Brown called in position.
The flop came and the cutoff bet 15,000. Brown called once more and saw the come off on the turn. The cutoff checked and Brown pushed for about 45,000 or so. The cutoff called.
Brown needed a jack and a jack only to bust his neighbor or he would be crippled. It turned out to be Brown's lucky day as the hit and the cutoff parted ways with all of his chips and Brown could start stacking.