Play was briefly paused to allow players to discuss the prizes. $804 were taken off the 1st place money to add to 3rd place, leaving an even 13K up top. Shortly after, John Palmer doubled up on Jason Fernandes, and declared: “I can’t believe I just gave away $800”, insinuating that he was about to win the event!
Players and spectators had a good laugh, because Palmer was still under 2M in chips – about equal with Fernandes after the hand – while Courrière enjoyed an 8M chip stack!
Palmer also declared that he was 2nd in chips despite having less that what he started the day with. Good atmosphere on the Strangers in the Night final table!
Here a photo of Courrière’s financial empire: