Event #16: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em

Don Nguyen Wins One With Fourth Pair, Deuce Kicker

[user253757] • Level 3: 4,000-8,000, 0 ante
Don Nguyen

With more than 200,000 already in the pot, and the board reading {8-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{q-Spades}{4-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}, Don Nguyen moved all-in for his last 225,000 or so chips.

Craig Bergeron went into the tank for over a minute, before ultimately electing to look Nguyen up with {K-Hearts}{4-Hearts} for bottom pair, good kicker.

Perhaps surprised by being called so light, Nguyen hesitated a moment before opening up the {8-Clubs}{2-Spades} for fourth pair, no kicker, an inferior holding that somehow proved to be good.

Bergeron was agitated by Nguyen's delay in revealing the winning hand, asking "why don't you just turn it over when you're good there?"

"Because I have eight-deuce and I can't possibly be good when you call," replied Nguyen, with a smile spreading slowly across his face.

The frustration continued for Bergeron on the next hand, when he moved all-in before the flop for his last 130,000. After thinking it over for a moment or two, Nguyen released, and Bergeron's cards went sailing towards the dealer.

Player Chips Progress
Don Nguyen us
Don Nguyen
us 815,000 335,000
Craig Bergeron us
Craig Bergeron
us 145,000 -335,000