Ayana Massa is one of our competitors here in the $200 + $20 Grand Prix Canada Turbo Day 1H, and as we passed by her table just now her face said it all. She was absolutely gobsmacked. For the life of her, she couldn’t tell what her opponent was thinking.
Why was this?
Because here in level 5, with the blinds at only 800/1,600, Raphael Bernard opened with a 25,000 raise UTG. That represented 15x the big blind, an unusually large bet. But Ayana was in the mood to gamble, and so she called, still with a look of extreme perplexion glued to her face.
With so much money in the pot already, they both checked the turn. It was a . It was at this point in this oddly-played hand that Raphael shoved, much to Ayana’s delight.
She snap-called and flipped over a low flush with her . Raphael had pocket . The river was another heart, which didn’t help him. He said goodnight, and Ayana was now officially less frustrated by the unorthodox play.