Steven van Zadelhoff pulled us over to describe the hand he doubled in, in all of its glorious detail. "I had the second best starting hand in poker, and he had one better. Well, until the flop that was," he laughed. Van Zadelhoff is now sitting at a solid 120,000.
Lady Fortune gives and takes, so to speak, which meant Govert Metaal had to take one for the team to balance the scales. After a raise to 2,800 and a three-bet to 8,000, Metaal picked up the best starting hand in poker himself and shoved for 28,000. The reraiser called with and spiked a king on both the flop and the turn to eliminate Metaal. Metaal doesn't bend easy, though, and he quickly fired another bullet.