A player in middle position opened, and Vicky Coren called from the button. Both blinds came along as well, and the quartet together saw a flop of . The small blind led with a bet of 800 -- a bit over half the pot -- and it folded around to Coren. "Okay," she exhaled, tossing out the calling chips.
"I have quite a good hand, do you?" asked Coren of her opponent as the brought the . Her opponent wordlessly responded by tapping the table, and Coren quickly checked as well.
The river brought the and another check from the small blind. This time Coren bet 1,200, and her opponent took some time to consider. Coren continued talking to him, including delivering premature congratulations for folding. Finally he called, and Coren flipped over for the flush.
With a sheepish look her opponent mucked. "Can't you tell her good pose from her bad pose?" asked another player of him from across the table. "I've never been good at that," came the grinning reply.
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