While it's somewhat heartwarming to imagine that Gabe Newell decided to defy the odds and enter the contest, it looks far more likely that his entry was placed by nefarious forces, possibly members of 4chan. According to Kotaku, 4chan's founder, moot, had actually risen to first place yesterday (sounds familiar).
Alas, both nerd luminaries have been removed from the contest. Honestly, it's probably best that Newell didn't win the trip to New York. We've been waiting for Half-Life 2: Episode 3 long enough as it is.
[Via The Escapist]