Alex Gomes spent much of the afternoon with a frown on his face. Though his chip count never reached the critical level, Gomes is a man who loves playing an aggressive style with a deep stack. So when he found his first double-up, taking him north of 50,000 in chips, it didn't take long for that frown to turn upside-down.
On the last hand before the break, Gomes and Aaron Lerner saw a T♣3♣2♦ flop. Gomes tossed out 20,000, enough to set his opponent all-in. Lerner didn't waste any time making the call, his T♠T♥ having flopped top set while Gomes held A♣K♣ for the nut flush draw. The 9♣ on the turn left Lerner drawing to a trey, a deuce, a nine, or the case ten to make a full house or quads, but the river card didn't help him, the 6♥ falling to send Lerner to the rail.
Alex Gomes stacked up 79,000 in chips before leaving the room with a pack of friends for what was left of his break. And this time, he couldn't hide his smile.