Alfio "aLFioSn0b" Battisti was faced with a raise from Christophe Benzimra to 120,000. Battisti wasted about 20 seconds before reraising, making it 250,000 to go. Benzimra was right there to make the call. These two players have wasted little time with lollie-gagging around and were off to another flop.
The flop came down a very monotone
. Battisti was first out of the gate with a bet of 300,000. Benzimra looked at his cards, then at his opponent, and then looked at the dealer and tournament staff to verify how much the bet was for.
"Three-hundred thousand." it was confirmed.
"I raise." replied Benzimra, sliding out two uneven stacks of chips for a raise to 900,000.
Battisti put his head down and eyed his own stack. When he brought his head back upright he announced, "all in".
"I call!" was the response from Benzimra, standing and tabling
. He had flopped two pair and was up against Battisti's
for a flush draw.
The cards were aligned on the table for all of the cameras and spectators to see before the hand continued. The turn was then dealt the
, keeping Benzimra in the lead and another pause ensued before the river card was dealt.
"Three of clubs one time!" yelled onlooker Dario Minieri, rooting for the flush to give his friend the most crucial double up of the tournament. "Black card!" he pleaded on.
The river was neither a club nor was it black as the
rolled off. Benzimra and Battisti shook hands and congratulated each other on a job well done. Battisti would take second place for 834,840 PLN, while Benzimra was crowned the champion of the 2009 PokerStars.com EPT Warsaw.