An open shove lead to a bloated pot that let two players multiply their respective stacks and deal the former chip leader a heavy blow.
With the blinds at 1K/2K, Francois Croteau open shoved his 30K stack from early position and picked up flat calls from both Stephen Valitalo and Omar Shammout. With a potential side pot between Valitalo and Shammout, the players watched the flop of hit the table. Valitalo checked to Shammout, who put out a bet of 24K. Without hesitation, Valitalo raised all in, and Shammout made the call for roughly 30K more. Hands were tabled to reveal that Valitalo had the lead thanks to his , Shammout had an over card and a gut-shot straight draw with and Croteau had two live overs with . The turn, the , gave Croteau the lead. The river, the , gave Shammout a pair but it was too little, too late.
Croteau managed to triple his stack, and Valitalo nearly doubled his stack thanks to the big side pot with Shammout.