As we arrived, the flop was already out with Freek Scholten (under the gun) betting 60,000 on . Daniel Vejar in the cutoff called.
Scholten bet another 180,000 on the turn and got called again. Scholten shoved for just over 800,000 on the river and Vejar folded.
The player under the gun opened for a min-raise of 32,000 and Fabrizio Gonzalez in the hijack three-bet to 51,000, just about as small as allowed. The big blind shoved for 168,000 and the initial raiser folded. Gonzalez called.
“Oh, I can’t wait to see this one!” table mate Niall Farrell said with a big laugh.
As Gonzalez showed , he said: “You didn’t expect that, huh?”
Farrell admitted to not having seen that hand coming, and neither did the big blind probably who showed .
The board ran out and Gonzalez started stacking as the big blind exited.
8,000 / 16,000
Big Blind Ante
Rainer Kempe had 640,000 left after the sizable hand where he folded the river, but his seat was vacant the next time we walked by.
His former table mate Roberto Romanello didn’t know the exact details of Kempe’s bust out hand, but did tell us that the German high roller had been caught bluffing by his neighbor Sergio Iralasky. According to Romanello, Kempe had shoved the river when the board paired with a and Iralasky had called with for rivered trips. Kempe had and that was the end of it for now.
If he so pleases, Kempe can join again reentering today or tomorrow on Day 1b.
Right after winning that sizable pot, Roberto Romanello opened once more, this time under the gun for 26,000. Rainer Kempe three-bet two positions down making it 83,000. The cutoff cold four-bet to 205,000 and the button, blinds, and Romanello all folded. Kempe called.
Kempe checked on and called the 150,000-bet that followed. Kempe check-called another 175,000 on the turn before checking a third and final time on the river. The cutoff bet 425,000, leaving himself just 58,000 behind.
Kempe tanked long and hard, did a double-take on his cards twice, before eventually reluctantly folding.
Roberto Romanello opened under the gun plus one for 26,000 and got a call from the cutoff and big blind. The big blind checked on and Romanello bet 31,000. The cutoff called, the big blind folded.
Romanello bet another 127,000 on the turn and he got a call once more. The completed the board and Romanello bet 425,000. His opponent tanked for a bit and called. Romanello showed for turned trips and the cutoff mucked.
The player under the gun opened for 25,000 and Kenny Hallaert called from the button. Robert Heidorn in the big blind squeezed to 110,000 and the initial raiser called. Hallaert folded.
Heidorn continued for 105,000 on and his opponent called. Heidorn slid in six 100,000-chips on the turn, effectively putting his opponent all in for his last 501,000. The under the gun player thought about it for a bit before he tossed his cards into the muck.
6,000 / 12,000
Big Blind Ante
The hijack opened and big blind Darya Krashennikova called. She checked on and called the 26,000-bet that followed.
A similar pattern was seen on the turn with Krashennikova checking, the hijack betting (75,000,) and Krashennikova calling.
Krashennikova checked for the third time on the river and her opponent bet 130,000. Krashennikova tanked long and hard before she eventually folded.
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