This hand was a three-way battle from start to finish.
Battling it out was Kristina Litmola, Dave Jeanneau-Cyr and Mitchell Besharah. We joined the hand with already on the board and a solid amount of chips in the pot.
All three players checked the flop, and a came down on the turn.
Kristina checked the action to Dave, who bet 3,400. Both Mitchell and Kristina tagged along, calling. The river was a , which led to two cautious checks by Kristina and Dave, perhaps worried about the paired 5s. Sensing an opportunity to push his opponents off a hand, Mitchell raised it to 8,900.
It was enough to scare Kristina away, but not Dave. He contemplated it for a while, going over the hand in his head and making up his mind. Ultimately, he judged the situation to be worth the risk in chips.
He guessed correctly.
After Dave’s call he flipped over his pocket pair and Mitchell tossed away his losing . It was a great read and a great call by Dave. Well done! Play continues, now with only 56 players remaining, and two and half hours left to play.