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Duke Let's It Go

Annie Duke

I joined the action on the {Q-Diamonds}{K-Spades}{J-Clubs} flop, but it didn't take Columbo to work out that Scotty Nguyen had raised from late position and Annie Duke had made the call from the big blind.

After tapping the table, Duke check-raised Nguyen's continuation bet of 2,400 to 7,100, but the '98 Champion had no intention of lying down, and duly bumped it up to a total of 20,000.

Duke looked perplexed, tortured by the decision ahead, and so commenced a dwell which must have surpassed the five minute mark. As she riffled intently, Esfandiari began doing stretching exercises, Chan stepped away from the table, and even the guy holding the boom mike brought out the support arm.

After apologizing for the time taken, Duke made the fold - although a reluctant one of that - and Nguyen picked up the pot uncontested. As a result, Duke has dropped to what appears to be around 30,000 in chips.

Tags: Annie DukeScotty Nguyen