Following the breaking of the main feature table, we followed Michael DeMichele over to his new seat in the Blue section, where he was able to build his stack up over 15,000 in short order. Then, just now, he found himself in a tense situation in which he had to commit just about every last one of those chips he'd earned.
The board read and there was about 6,000 in the middle when DeMichele led with a bet from the big blind, then his opponent raised to 7,500. DeMichele counted out his chips and divided out enough to reraise back to 11,750 total.
His opponent -- who had roughly the same stack to start the hand as did DeMichele -- promptly pushed all in, causing DeMichele to put his hand over his face. After another agonizing few seconds he announced he was all in as well.
DeMichele showed and was ahead of his opponent's . The turn was the and the river the , and a count afterwards showed that DeMichele indeed had his opponent covered just barely. Another player has hit the rail, while DeMichele now sits with about 35,000.