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€5,300 Main Event

Nassif Puzzled

Yardley • Level 11: 600-1,200, 200 ante
Gabriel Nassif

There had been an open and a call before Gabriel Nassif also put in the calling chips. Anton Astapau in the small blind then three-bet to 14,600 and big blind Vadim Shlez decided to smooth call. The other players folded but Nasif hung on to his cards while he decided what to do.

The thing was, Astapau had bet 14,600 and had left 5,200 behind. Shlez had a big enough stack to call pretty wide but he had Nassif covered and Nassif’s stack didn’t give him much fold equity if he wanted to shove. Calling didn’t look that great an option either. Nassif looked genuinely torn.

As Nassif was thinking, Astapau started talking to him wondering if he was really contemplating getting involved before the dealer warned him to keep quiet as there were three people in the hand. “I didn’t know that.” Astapau responded but kept schtum.

Nasif made the fold and the dealer put out a flop of {k-Hearts}{k-Spades}{7-Diamonds}. Astapau duly put the remainder of his chips in and Shlez called.

Astapau had {a-Diamonds}{q-Hearts} and Shlez {5-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}. The turn was the {j-Clubs} and with the river {j-Diamonds} pairing the board Shlez’s pair was counterfeited to give Astapau a double up.

Despite the enquiries that followed, and numerous guesses, Nassif wouldn’t say what he folded.

Player Chips Progress
Vadim Shlez ua
Vadim Shlez
ua 95,000 27,700
Gabriel Nassif FR
Gabriel Nassif
FR 52,000 -4,000
Anton Astapau BY
Anton Astapau
BY 46,000 46,000

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