We came on preflop raising war in progress between Wilfried Haerig and Russell Thomas in which it appeared Haerig had started things with a late position raise, Thomas had reraised from the blinds, Haerig had pumped it up again, and eventually Haerig was reraising once more to 410,000 total. Thomas thought a moment, declared he was all in for well over a million, and Haerig instantly folded.
Thomas flipped over one card before dragging the pot — the ! — provoking a reaction from the table.
On the very next hand, Raphael Ayani open-pushed his short stack from middle position, and when it folded to Thomas on the button he called. Ayani had , while this time Thomas had picked up a hand he was representing on the previous one — .
The board ran out , and Ayani hit the rail.