Ludovic Riehl decided to smooth call a preflop raise with , playing for a big score rather than the sure win, and in doing so he opened the door for Vasile Buboi to take the rest of his chips.
The action began before the flop, when Riehl opened for a raise and Buboi three-bet. Riehl may have ended the hand with a four-bet, but he flatted instead, bringing on a flop of .
Buboi checked to Riehl, and with top set on a draw heavy board, he led right out for a bet of 23,000. When Buboi responded with a check-raise to 100,000 even, Riehl studied for a moment before announcing himself all in.
The snap-call by Buboi immediately suggested that top set was no good, and indeed he turned over the for a flopped flush. Standing in hopes of pairing the board, Riehl watched as the turn came , and the river .
Just like that, the young French pro went from holding pocket rockets to holding a payout slip for a 32nd place finish, while Buboi solidified his position for a final table run.