If you were to follow this hand through you'd largely wonder how Anton Thorarinsson got paid off. Luca Cainelli opened under-the-gun and was called by Zoran Mitic in the next seat along. Thorarinsson made up the big blind and checked the 9♥5♦5♠ flop, as did Cainelli, but Zorin bet 3,500. Thorarinsson made the call, Cainelli passed.
Both players checked the T♦ turn before Thorarinsson led 7,000 of his 20,000 stack into the 2♣ river, a particularly strong line. Mitic took some time to make the call but never did he look like a man who thought he had the winning hand. He tossed the chips in, was shown 5♠3♠ and mucked after close to doubling Thorarinsson up.
How did that happen? A simple look across the table would explain it. Vladimir Geshkenbein sits across the way with a large stack of chips, sporting his trademark leather jacket and semi-sober grin. Mitic had arrived at the table the hand before and had made the mistake of making a simple continuation bet into Geshkenbein which had been quickly called on a K♥2♦6♣ flop. The board was checked down and the Russian showed A♠J♠ to win the hand perhaps leaving a bitter taste in Mitic's mouth. That's a 16,000 downswing for Mitic in two hands. That's what happens when you get moved to Geskenbein's table. The EPT Snowfest winner is well chipped up and that should make for an interesting tournament come Day 2.
Level 10: blinds 500-1,000, ante 100
Players: 138 of 243
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