We have a new chip leader in the room after a cooler of a hand has shot Antonio Martins to a stack of 75,000 half way through the fourth level of the day.
“The hand played itself,” was the comment from the table afterwards, and they were right, as neither player was ever going to get away from their flopped set.
With a limp and a raise to 1,025 in front of him, Martins called from the small blind to see a flop of . Martins checked and the preflop limper decided to lead for 1,200. The cutoff raised to 2,900 but Martins cold-called once again as a big pot was brewing.
It was back on the limper and he wasn’t playing slow anymore as he bumped it to a sizable 9,200. The cutoff player sniffed out a big hand and made a reluctant fold, of what he later revealed was pocket queens, as Martins took some time before calling for the third time in the hand.
The turn was the and this is where it was time to strike. Martins checked and then moved all in over the top of the bet of 7,500. His opponent quickly called but saw the bad news as his had been crushed by Martins’ .
There were no miracle one-outers on the river as the sent the unlucky soul to the rail as Martins ballooned his stack into the chip lead.