Shawn Hattem raises from middle position to 60,000, John Phan reraises from the button to 180,000, and Hattem moves all in. Phan goes into the tank -- and he's there so long, he needs scuba gear.
The tension mounts for several minutes with an unexpectedly large post-Matusow crowd still following the action. After several minutes, Phan starts studying his card again, and then holds them so loosely that everyone behind him can clearly see his hand --
. He sets his cards behind his chips, leaning against the stack to face the crowd. Everyone behind him can still see the cards, but nobody on the other side of the table can -- including Hattem.
Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier, sensing a fold when Phan started waving his hands around, was sitting nearby away from the table, and started to lean in for a peek. But when Phan laid his cards down and continued to think, he seemed to be in a bit of a quandry -- was it ethical to look at Phan's hand while the hand was in progress, even if Grospellier wasn't involved? He decided to hold back.
Phan talks to himself for a few more minutes, saying he didn't want to race, and didn't think Hattem would bluff in this spot. Phan eventually folds face-up so everyone can see his
As the dealer pushes the pot to Hattem, Phan asks Hattem to show his cards, "for the crowd." Hattem thinks for a minute, and Phan asks him to show just one. Phan guesses that Hattem has pocket fives. Hattem relents, and briefly flashes -- the
Hattem picks up the 420,000 pot, and Phan defends his fold, saying he wasn't interested in a race -- he can find a better spot. John Phan still has 400,000 in chips.
Shawn Hattem takes the chip lead with over 900,000.