€8,500 Cannes Main Event

Williams Takes a False Step

A crowd begins to gather around the table of David Williams and Jean-Robert Bellande, so we make our way through the throngs of media to try and catch a glimpse.

As we peer down on the felt, the board has four cards on it, reading {4-Spades} {7-Hearts} {2-Spades} {K-Spades} and there are three men involved in the pot. David Williams makes a bet of 10,000 from the big blind position. The next player folds, but the third man raises all in for a total of 38,750. Williams asks for a count, and when he finally learns the total, he splashes a stack of calling chips in the pot. His opponent turns over {A-Spades} {K-Clubs}, drawing a disenchanted look from Williams.

"Oh, way ahead. You're way ahead," he says, as he flips over his {K-Hearts} {10-Hearts}. The river provides no help to Williams, bringing the {5-Hearts}, and separating the pro from a third of his chips. He has been knocked back down to about 70,000 after taking his first false step of the day.