Dan Nassif only lasted roughly twenty minutes at the final table. Still, the St. Louis native walked away from the World Series of Poker $1.5 million richer.
Nassif’s two-week long stay at the tournament came to an end on just the fifth hand of the day. He was dealt a hand of ace-king and raised the pot immediately to 700,000. Chip leader Jamie Gold called the bet and the three community cards were flipped. They came up 5 of spades, 3 of spades, and 2 of clubs. Nothing really helped Nassif, although he was awfully close to making a five-high straight. With that in mind, Nassif bet all of his chips, with Gold following right behind him.
Both players turned their cards over and Nassif was behind; Gold held a pair of 2’s giving him three-of-a-kind.
The fourth card was an ace of hearts, giving Nassif a pair of aces. One more card was to be flipped, and Nassif needed a 4 to split the pot or an ace to win it. Unfortunately for Nassif, it was a 10 of spades.
Nassif finished ninth in the tournament, beating 8,165 other competitors. His $1,566,858 pay day is a far cry higher than the $160 he paid to enter an internet qualifying tourney.