Whenever the camera crews begin circling like vultures here on a Day 1 flight of the Main Event, it usually spells either triumph or trouble for one of the field's brightest stars.
For the champion of the 2004 Main Event, Greg "Fossilman" Raymer, the arrival of the film crew spelled the latter.
According to the helpful poker fans lining the rail alongside Raymer's former table, the action began when he opened to 800 from UTG+1, receiving calls from a player in middle position, as well as Andy Miller in the big blind.
When the flop brought a rainbow board of to the table, Miller led out for 2,000, and both Raymer and the third player in the hand flatted. The turn card was a , and again Miller led out for a bet, this time for 3,000.
Raymer decided to spring his trap, jamming all in for a sizable stack in hopes of forcing his opponents off the pot. The player in middle position tanked for a solid two minutes, but eventually folded while flashing his to the rail. With the action back on him, Miller decided to look "Fossilman" up and he made the call with for top pair.
His bluff called, Raymer could table only the and he would need an ace or a king to extend his latest Main Event run.
With that, the buzzards began filming Raymer's departure, and the champ was typically gracious in defeat, offering Miller his trademark fossil card protector as a memento of their all-in encounter.