John Juanda recently sat down and immediately got off to a hot start by winning a big pot off Bill Perkins.
It happened when Juanda opened for 2,600 from early position and Erik Seidel Called from middle position. Perkins defended his big blind and three players took a flop of . Perkins was first to act and led out for 5,000, and that inspired Juanda to raise to 16,500. Seidel got out of the way, Perkins made the call, and the appeared on the turn.
Perkins checked, Juanda bet 32,600 and Perkins woke up with a hefty check-raise to 82,000. Juanda tanked for nearly two minutes before putting in a call, the completed the board on the river, and Perkins bet 85,000. Juanda thought for about 40 seconds and then dropped in some chips.
"Good call," Perkins sighed. Juanda then tabled the for trips. "I'm representing what you've got. What took you so long?"
"I should have raised instead of call," Juanda quietly whispered.
"You don't even want to know how you got those chips," Perkins said before admitting, "I though I had ."