Artem Metalidi has his shades on whilst he quietly fingers away at his iPad. Just inches away from his body rests a perfect sandcastle stack containing 1.4 million chips. Yes…that was not a typo… he has 1.4 million chips. So how the hell did he manage to accrue such a chip stack?
Well in the not too distant past there was a chip leader called Scott Horowitz and he occupied the two seat at the Metalidi table. Horowitz went a little bit crazy in a hand with Metalidi that went a little bit like this:
Metalidi found in the hijack and he raised to 12,000. Horowitz was seated on the button and he three-bet to 32,000 holding . Metalidi - with all the confidence that aces gives you - popped it back up to 67,000 and Horowitz called. The flop was (two spades), Metalidi bet 75,000 and Horowitz moved all-in for around 250,000 and Metalidi called.
That left a vacant spot at the table and it was taken by the confident looking Scott Montgomery. He really did have a swagger about him that now just looks like an ice cold stare of anger and disbelief. That stare is borne out of the fact that he has just shipped the majority of his stack to Metalidi baby flush over baby flush. We didn't catch the action but the board was showing , Montgomery had made a big bet on the river for a couple of hundred thousand holding a high flush and the pot was won by Metalidi holding a high flush.