€8,500 Cannes Main Event


Stephane Bazin opened a big can of worms when he raised to 120,000 from the cutoff seat. A couple seats down the line, Gus Hansen was occupying the big blind, and he reraised to 344,000. Without too much hesitation, Bazin moved all in for a whopping 1,172,000.

The move put Gus deep into the tank. He had the dealer pull in the 344,000 so that he could eye up the remaining call before counting and re-counting his stack several times. After he had all the information he needed, he began a ten-minute monologue as he debated his play.

"I really don't have a lot... but I don't think you have a lot either."

"If I do it, it'd be pretty crazy. Pretty crazy."

"I'm not gonna sleep very good tonight either way."

"Crazy. This would be crazy."

"I'm gonna have some water while I think," he said, bending down to take a sip from his bottle.

"I have a piece of sh*t... but I think you have a piece of sh*t, too."

Finally, after ten or fifteen minutes, he announced, "Okay, I call," as he slid nearly all of his chips into the middle of the table. Bazin seemed eager to show down his hand, as he fumbled to flip over {A-Spades} {K-Diamonds}. Gus furrowed his eyebrows, turning over the {6-Hearts} ... followed a moment later by the {A-Hearts}, putting him in quite bad shape and drawing a massive reaction from the spectators.

With nearly 2.4 million chips heaped in the middle of the table, the biggest pot of the tournament was up for grabs. With no further betting action, the dealer spread the flop: {3-Clubs} {5-Hearts} {Q-Hearts}.

Nothing like a little drama at 7:00am. Bazin was still ahead, but Hansen picked up nine more outs to work with.

Turn: {8-Clubs}. No help to Hansen.

With one more card to come, Gus needed to find a six or a heart to knock out his opponent.

River: {A-Clubs}.

In a shocking plot switch, Gus Hansen moves all but 181,000 of his chips over to Stephane Bazin, who has claimed a massive chip lead, sitting with a staggering 2,387,000.

Tags: Gus HansenStephane Bazin