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 . Astapau duly put the remainder of his chips in and Shlez called.
Astapau had and Shlez . The turn was the and with the river 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.