It folded around to Walter Sarmiento in the hijack and he announced all in. Mel Berfond was in the small blind and called for his last 300,000 before AJ folded his big.
Berfond was dominated but took the lead on the flop. The turn changed nothing but the river was bad news for Berfond. Both made aces and nines and Sarmiento’s queen kicker played to send Berfond off his second final table of the series.
Walter Sarmiento – 1,610,000 (27 bb)
Mel Berfond – Eliminated in 8th Place ($1,048)