WSOP 2016: A house divided...might get naked
Fatima Moreira de Melo has her hair pulled up in a small knot on her head. She's dressed conservatively in a pineapple-print top and is a walking billboard for the international symbol of welcome. She's the very picture of relaxed, friendly, and approachable.
So, maybe that was why the guy to her left felt like it was cool to hit on her a little bit. When it was time to discuss the details of De Melo's last losing hand, the guy seemed somehow compelled to say, "But she looks so good doing it."
He clearly didn't know who he was messing with.
"I'll get naked on the next hand I lose," De Melo said without missing a beat.
The dude tried to pretend he wasn't shocked, but his poker face failed. Game. Set. Match. Fatima.
This, however, was merely the epilogue to a story that didn't end as well for De Melo, and it's all the fault of her fellow Team Pro Aditya Agarwal.
It started when Danny Nguyen opened for 1,400 from the cutoff and Agarwal called from the button. De Melo sat in the big blind and called with pocket fives. She couldn't have asked for a much better flop. It fell 8-5-2 rainbow. Play checked around to Agarwal who made it 2,200. De Melo played it slow and called, and Nguyen folded behind.
De Melo was rewarded with another eight on the turn. A full house before lunch? That's a good day. Once again, she played it slow and checked. This time Agarwal didn't fire and checked behind.
That brought the seven on the river, and De Melo went looking for value. She bet 6,200. It seemed all well and good until Agarwal made it 22,000. De Melo couldn't do much but make the crying call.
You probably don't need to be told the rest. That seven hit Agarwal's pocket sevens right in the face and gave him a bigger boat. De Melo was left with a little more than 30,000 with which to fight back.
So that's how we ended up at this point. Before noon, the Team Pros were cannibalizing each other and De Melo was threatening to strip naked in protest.
This, friends, is the World Series of Poker.
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Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging. Follow him on Twitter: @BradWillis. WSOP photos by PokerPhotoArchive.com.