There was a bit of a preflop war as Charles Syme raised to 35K only to face a 3b from Vsevolod Malamud – known also as Slava or Squirrel (after one of his favourite card covers) to 101K. Charles made the call and the dealer laid out the flop.
Both players checked. The turn came and Charles checked once again. Slava, who was also enjoying some chicken tenders and a sip of his beer, took a few seconds and then bet 169K. Charles went into the tank trying to decide what to do. He tried a little speech play, suggesting that he hadn’t even looked at the board yet, instead focusing on his opponent. Slava, for his part, took another bite of his tenders, refusing to take the bait. In due time, Charles made the call.
The river was a blank for both players, and the action went check-check. Charles was first to show: . But Slava turned over and took the huge pot.