Now that we have entered the eighth level of play, we are starting to see a widening gap between the big and small stacks and all ins are becoming a more regular occurrence. A hand that showed both of these dynamics just played out on table 56.
It was a heads-up pot between Roger Lamia and Casey Smith. Lamia, the big stack at the table, had been applying pressure and playing lots of hands. Smith, the small stack at the table, had to pick his spots more carefully, and it looked like he had found the situation he had been waiting for. In the end, Smith would get the result he wanted but not the way he wanted to get it.
The board read when Lamia, the first to act, put out a bet of 4K. Smith took a moment in the tank before raising all in for roughly 20K. The raise was quickly met with a call, and Lamia flipped over . Smith looked up in frustration as he rolled over his . But his frustration quickly turned to joy when the fell on the turn. The river brought a blank in the , securing Smith’s double up.