In the last hand Ricky Campanelli came close to elimination, but the river saved him, vaulting his trip-Queens into a full house, Queens over Kings, narrowly beating out Daniel Periard’s Ace-high straight.
Having already pushed the other players out of the hand with some raise/re-raise action between the two of them, both Ricky and Daniel had made some pretty aggressive moves early, beginning with Ricky’s re-raise to 25,000 preflop (with the big blind only 1,600).
In fact, in retrospect it is hard to tell what strategy Daniel was using preflop when he called, particularly when we saw his hole cards later on. With the flop coming Ricky led out again, this time with a 20,000 bet. Daniel called again.
The turn was a and this time it was Daniel who led out strong after Ricky’s check, shoving the rest of his stack.
Ricky felt he had to call, showing his pocket Queens. In any case, he couldn’t fold and miss seeing what his opponent had been doing, particularly with this many chips in the pot. When Daniel showed his A-10, Ricky got up from the table, thinking his night was over.
However, when the came down on the river, making Ricky’s boat, it was instead Daniel that had to take a walk. He had been pushing really hard, which can feel necessary in a Turbo format. And while he was ahead at the turn (and thus his shove was the “correct” play), he probably never should have been in that hand chasing a gut-shot in the first place.
In this case, the A-10 wasn’t the hill to die on, but he did anyway. Play continues on without him.