Daniel Negreanu sweated the last $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em final table but we need him here today. After raising his button to 200,000 preflop, Justin Cohen continued for 800,000 on a flop. Schmid folded and then proceeded to ask Cohen a question.
"Have you ever read Daniel Negreanu's book, Small-Ball Poker?" Schmid joked. While Negreanu does not have a book by that title, Schmid is referring to the school of thought made famous by Negreanu often referred to as "small-ball poker". The general idea behind it is that smaller, more controlled pots give you the opportunity to have a larger effective stack size and allows you to outplay your opponent, therefore you shouldn't overbet a pot but rather keep them small. Cohen didn't respond.
We have definitely seen two different style's of play all day from these worthy opponents. Schmid was easily the most involved player of the day but rarely found himself in a large pot. On the other end of the spectrum, it seemed as if every time Cohen entered the pot, he was there to get his money in and usually had the best of it. Only time will tell which player has been making the better decisions, but tonight we will only see another 20 minutes of it before we stop play and continue tomorrow.