Andy Frankenberger had slipped to less than 13,000 before the following hand took place amid a conversation between himself an an opponent across the table. His opponent was marveling at the fact that Frankenberger could speak Russian.
Meanwhile, Frankenberger raised to 1,200 from the button, and it folded to Freddy Deeb in the big blind who made it 4,200 to go. Frankenberger then set his entire stack in front as a reraise to 12,400 total. Deeb thought a long while, checking and rechecking his cards several times, before finally folding his face up.
"So that's amazing," continued the player from across the table. "You can just speak Russian all day [to native speakers] and they think you're Russian."
"Oh, no... they can understand me," said Frankenberger. "But they know I'm not Russian."
Frankenberger is nonetheless feeling some urgency, wanting to improve upon that short stack soon before the blinds creep up much further. He's at 16,500 now, while Deeb still has a comfortable 75,000.