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Tim, Ness Reilly Play All-In Hand With Just A Handful Of Tables Left


Tim and Ness Reilly in 2015. Credit: Club PokerA husband and wife were deep into a Las Vegas poker tournament on Sunday when they were seated at the same table. They eventually tangled in a pot, and one of them exited the tournament short of the final table.

At the WSOP Circuit event held at the Planet Hollywood casino on the Las Vegas Strip, Tim and Ness Reilly were both eyeing a final table and a first-place prize of $192,152 when their ill-fated hand occurred. The buy-in was $1,675, and there were a whopping 610 entries.

According to the WSOP’s live reporting team, Tim raised to 18,000 chips, and action was folded to Ness, who decided to put her short stack of 66,000 (about seven big blinds) into the middle of the table. It was folded back around to Tim, who had about 100 big blinds. He reportedly went into the tank for “a minute” before eventually calling with the 3Spade Suit 3Diamond Suit.

His wife tabled the ADiamond Suit 10Club Suit, and it was off to the races. Each player had about a 50 percent chance of winning. Obviously, the outcome mattered much more to Ness.

Unfortunately for Ness, and probably for Tim as well, the flop fell QDiamond Suit 3Club Suit 2Heart Suit, giving Tim a set and a commanding lead on the hand. The turn was the 4Spade Suit, giving Ness some glimmer of hope, but the river KSpade Suit sealed her fate and she was eliminated.

Tim was up to nearly 800,000 after the hand, good for one of the top stacks in the room. However, he eventually busted 26th place for $5,856. Ness cashed for $3,248 for her 46th-place finish.

This isn’t the first time the couple from Massachusetts has gone deep together in a major poker tournament. Tim and Ness finished 360th and 244th in the 2015 WSOP main event, respectively.

Couples or family members wading through poker tournaments together is of course not super rare. However, it’s highly unusual when one plays a role in busting the other. That was the case in a strange situation at a $1,000 buy-in WSOP final table in 2010.

Irving Rice and his son Rich Rice made the final table of 10 out of a massive starting field of 4,435 players. The elder Rice was left short-stacked after being blinded off thanks to Rich failing to wake him up from a nap in time to resume play in the tournament.