High tension just now on one of the outer tables as a huge hand with a dramatic conclusion played out involving Danard Petit and Sylvain Loosli.
The hand began with an early position open to 200,000 by Marc McLaughlin. It folded around to Petit in the who reraised to 425,000 from the small blind, then Loosli four-bet to 975,000 from the big blind. That forced a fold from McLaughlin, but Petit called.
The flop came . Petit checked, Loosli bet 950,000, then Petit check-raised to 2 million. Loosli considered the bet for a while, then called.
The turn card was the , and Petit checked again. This time Loosli pushed all in, and Petit called with the 4.045 million he had left behind.
Petit turned over while Loosli had . Petit had the lead, but Loosli could hit a second pair, trips, or fill an inside straight to catch up. The situation recalled for some the hand from the 2010 WSOP Main Event in which Jonathan Duhamel knocked out Matt Affleck in 15th place after the chips went in on the turn, then Duhamel rivered a straight to crack Affleck's aces.
The dealer burned a card then delivered the river… the ! A straight for Loosli, and an uncanny echo of that Duhamel-Affleck hand from three years ago. Petit was obviously disappointed, but continued to smile as he departed to the cashier's desk with his 30th-place ticket. Meanwhile, Petit suddenly catapults up over 14 million chips.