Action before the flop has become somewhat more passive in the last level or so. We pick up a hand following that trend at the table of Paul Testud.
Five people limp into this particular pot, and they see the dealer spread the flop:
. Testud puts out a bet of 5,000, approximately the size of the pot. Action folds all the way back around to the player on his right, who makes the call.
Heads up, the turn brings the
. Testud again fires away, pushing out 20,000 chips. His opponent check-raises him all in, and Testud makes the call. With his tournament life on the line, Testud and his opponent show down their hands:
It is bad news for Testud as he is drawing dead to the river, which is a meaningless
. He is eliminated from the field in the closing minutes of Day 1a.