Alessandro Monticciolo is the joker at his table, telling everyone what he will do if one player pushes on him, guessing peoples cards, singing “I’m a Survivor.” and flashing his when he three bet a button raiser from the big blind. But even he fell silent as the following tense hand played out blind on blind.
Ziv Vachar opened for 4,200 from the small blind and Jukka Paloniemi, a PokerStars player from FInlad, checked how much Vachar had behind, about 40,000, before making the call. They saw a flop of and Vachar continued for 4,500 with Paloniemi calling. The turn was the and they both checked. River card , and Vachar bet 50,000 after some thought. Paloniemi too took his time before announcing that he was all in. It looked as if Vachar had trouble believing his opponent but evidently his hand was not strong enough for him to justify calling and risking his tournament life and he reluctantly folded.