RG Downstream Main Event (Day 2): Short-stacked JD Hays is hanging around

Level 20 (2000/6000/12000)
Entrants: 199
Players remaining: 9
Average chips: 442,222

Short-stacked JD Hays (pictured) has been slow to act at the table, but he's managed to stay alive long enough to double up. First, he chopped a pot with chip leader Jesse Jones when both held AxJx. Next, he out-flopped Dustin Hill for a full double. The latter hand went like this:

Dustin Hill opened the pot for 40,000 from under the gun and Hays calls. Everyone else folds and the flop is spread: Q♣7♥4♠. Hill then bets enough to put Hays all in and Hays quickly calls.

Hill - J♠J♥
Hays - K♦Q♦

The best hand holds as the turn T♠ and 5♣ river change nothing.

With this pot, Hays has climbed out of the basement but is still below the chip average.

JD Hays - 370,000
Dustin Hill - 343,000