$100,000 Challenge

Hansen Tries, Tries Again

Gus Hansen

From middle position, Sam Trickett raised to 8,000, and Mikhail Smirnov flatted in the small blind. In the big, Gus Hansen squeezed in a reraise to 25,500, and that was enough to fold Trickett out of the way. Smirnov called again, though, and they went off to a heads-up flop.

It came {8-Spades} {2-Diamonds} {10-Spades}, and Smirnov check-insta-called another 42,000 to arrive at the {J-Diamonds} turn. It went check-check there, and the river {9-Spades} completed the board. Smirnov checked again, and Hansen spent a few second soaking in the tank with a look of sheer agony on his face. It must not have been too bad, though, because he made a big bet at the pot. When the dealer began to break it down for a count, Smirnov went ahead and mucked, and the pot goes to Gus.

Chip stacks
Gus Hansen dk 355,000 79,500
Mikhail Smirnov ru 240,000 -76,000

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