David Zhang thought about his options for a full five minutes.
While there was only about 25,000 in the pot with the board showing , the reason his choice was so agonizing was because if he guessed wrong his night was over. His opponent, Simon Despres-Bellavance, had raised more than David had on the river.
At times David simply stared down at his chips, deep in thought. At others he looked over at Simon searching for a read. David tried it all – he talked himself through the hand, guessed about the possibility of a bluff, asked Simon if he would show him his cards after a potential fold. But in the end the decision he made was based on Simon’s checked turn. He made the call.
Flipping over his , David’s flush turned out to be good. His double-up put him right back at the chip average and likely boosted his confidence in his poker acumen as well.
There remains just under an hour in tonight’s flight.