Whoa. Sam Stein had been in such control of this heads-up match but the tables have very suddenly turned. He and Tom Marchese took a raised flop of
. Stein checked and then called a bet of 625,000 from Marchese.
The turn looked like a blank, the
. Again Stein checked. Marchese fired a second bullet, and it was a big one -- 1,450,000. Stein called again.
On the river
, Stein checked a third time. Marchese opted to put his whole stack on the line. Stein stood up from his chair, eyeballed Marchese's stack, and then said "I call."
Marchese couldn't have felt good about turning over
for a pair of kings. But it turned out that was the best hand -- Stein showed
for just a pair of fives. With that huge swing, Marchese is now the chip leader in this heads-up match.