When hand for hand play began, the button on table 19 was on Seat 8, the place where Yaseen Siddiqui’s stack sat – but no Yaseen – he had not appeared to start Day 2.
In the big blind ante era, however, that left plenty of time for his stack to not have to contribute anything to the pot. And, almost by fate, after 7 hands (seat 2 was empty), when the unclaimed stack was under the gun, there was an elimination on another table to bring the tournament into the money.
Along the way there were two other called all-in moments, but in both cases the player at risk doubled up. On the bubble hand, however, it was a different story. On table 20, there was an all in from Antonio De La Cruz, and he was called by Dakota Vandine to his immediate left. The rest of the hands were concluded on the other tables, and then both players’ holdings were revealed.
The flop was all Antonio really needed: and there was no miracle in store for Dakota on the turn and river.
Dakota Vandine was therefore out in 74th, and Yaseen Siddiqui placed 73rd for a payout of $220.