€8,500 Cannes Main Event

The Busiest Table in the Room

Action is going great guns over at the table of Jean-Robert Bellande and David Williams. Bellande has lost two big pots recently to a young Scandinavian player on his right, and it has taken a visible toll on the pro. His body language has grown impatient and frustrated, and his chatty nature has turned mouse quiet as he gets back down to business.

In the latest string of action, Bellande limps into the pot from early position. Next door, David Williams bumps it up to 2,500. The table folds back to Bellande who doesn't take long to move all in for 22,950. Once he gets the count, Williams matches the bet with a big stack of blue T1,000 chips that he can easily afford to gamble with.

Bellande stands up out of his chair, turns over his {J-Spades} {J-Diamonds} and steps back from the table. Williams tables {A-Diamonds} {9-Diamonds}. When Bellande looks back to see what he's up against, he lets out a pleading, "Oh, Dave!"

With Bellande's tournament life hanging in the balance, the dealer runs out the board: {8-Spades} {6-Clubs} {5-Clubs} {4-Spades} {2-Spades}. Williams fails to eliminate his fellow pro, and gives him a courtesy double up to 47,000.

"You're the only person in the world that that holds up against," says Bellande, jesting with his friend. Williams is still doing just fine, but has dropped back under the 60,000-chip mark.

Tags: David WilliamsJean-Robert Bellande