Reed hit a last-second, 49-foot prayer to KO Louisville 74-73. In poker parlance, that is known as a bad beat.
At 12:19 a.m. the last player who will not finish in the money at the Texas Hold 'Em event is ousted. A few hands later Crum, his chip stack dwindling, is forced to go all in with a king-9 unsuited, and he loses to a pair of queens. He finishes in 189th place, earning $2,250 and the respect of every player at his table. All rise to shake his hand.
"That's all right," says Miller, who had been eliminated seven hours earlier. "We'll be back"--for the WSOP's main event, the $10,000 No-Limit Texas Hold 'Em tournament, which starts on Thursday.
Crum, meanwhile, is off to his cabin in Idaho to golf, fish and, in the evening, settle down with a good scouting report on Jesus Ferguson.