EPT8 Copenhagen: The accidental slow roll
"If that's the way I go, then that's the way I go," said Malki Yaron Zeev dramatically.
The tall Israeli stood up and threw his cards down on the table: pocket twos for the smallest full house on the 8♣9♣8♠2♥ board. His opponent, big stack Constantin Petrica, rolled his eyes, his K♥9♦ already face up on the table and drawing to just two cards.
Petrica had opened pre-flop and had been called by Zeev in late position, the same bet-call routine had followed on the flop for 10,600. Petrica checked the seemingly blank turn card which Zeev fast played with a bet of 24,500. Petrica check-raised all-in and Zeev made the call for the trest of his 138,000 stack.
The Q♣ river card kept Zeev ahead and as the floor staff double checked his stack he turned to a friend on the rail to say: "I thought I was good on the flop. I thought he had ace-queen."
That's a pretty specific hand range there, Malki, and somewhat wrong. Both Zeev (290,000) and Petrica (350,000) are all but guaranteed to cash. One more to the bubble.