The average stack is currently a shade over 56 big blinds, plenty of room for four-betting then, as two different players proved.
From under-the-gun Karel Kratochvil opened to 12,000, two seats along Stefan Vagner three-bet to 26,000 and next to act, Andrea Benelli made it 44,000 from the hijack. It passed back to Kratochvil he folded but Vagner made the call. The flop fell , Vagner checked, Benelli fired out 55,000 and after a brief think Vagner folded and preserved his 158,000 stack.
A couple of tables over Jorma Nuutinen raised to 12,000 from the cut-off, Emmanuel Francois Murcia three-bet to 29,000 from the button and Lasell King then cold four-bet to 65,000 from the big blind. Nuutinen folded but Murcia stuck around to see a flop. A continuation bet of 60,000 from King was enough to win the pot.
Piotr Robert Pietrzak put it all on the line with his last 55,000 chips and was called in the big blind by Stefan Vagner who flipped over . Pietrzak said he really didn’t want a call as he revealed his . But in the end he was happy to get one as the board ran out to double him up as Vagner took another hit.
Action exploded on a flop between Sebastian Saffari and Ana Marquez that resulted in the former getting his stack in the middle.
He held both straight and flush draws with the , and he'd need to hit one to overcome the of Marquez. The turn was no help to Saffari, and neither was the river. He was clearly disappointed to miss his plethora of outs and quietly made his way to the payout desk.
"Do you always have the aces?" another players asked a smiling Marquez.
"I had ace-jack once," Jonathan Little, who was seated to the right of Marquez, chimed in.
Karel Kratochvil, playing on home soil, opened from the cut-off to 12,000. Stefan Vagner called in the small blind as did big blind Andrea Benelli. The three players saw a flop of . Checked to the raiser, Kratochvil bet 16,000. Vagner called and Benelli folded. Turn was checked by both players and we saw a river . Vagner checked and faced a bet of 33,000 from Kratochvil. Vagner called and mucked in frustration when he saw the .
Sebastian Saffari limped in from the small blind and called as Jonathan Little made it 16,000 from the big blind. The flop came and Saffari checked to Little. The American player bet out 16,000 once more and Saffari called.
The turn brought the on the table and Saffari now check called a 36,000 bet from his neighbor. The river, to make the board complete, was the and Saffari checked again. Little made it 58,000 by sliding two new yellow 25,000 chips, a blue 5,000 and three red 1,000 chips forward. Saffari shook his head but called after some thinking.
Little immediately turned over and Saffari mucked.