We missed the preflop action, but we walked up to a heads-up pot between Alexander Kuzmin (button) and Mike "Timex" McDonald (small blind). The dealer was rolling out a flop as we approached, and McDonald had fired out into the pot with 6,200. That leads us to believe he may have been a three-bettor preflop, but we can't say for sure. Either way, Kuzmin made a raise to 12,800, and McDonald carefully stared him down. After a couple minutes, he raised it back to 22,200, and now it was Kuzmin's turn in the tank.
During this series of action, there was a cocktail server standing behind Timex waiting to deliver a sandwich. McDonald broke his steely gaze to turn around and apologize to her for the wait, then returned to his eye-to-eye staredown with his neighbor. One deliberate blink every 5 seconds, staring directly at Kuzmin the whole time.
For his part, Kuzmin was cutting down the last ~35,000 chips he had left, and he rested his hand behind them for a while longer before shoving them in. McDonald didn't love it, but there wasn't much choice now. As it turned out, his call was very much the correct one.
The on the turn brought a chop into play, and the river meant the players would have to share the pot. McDonald couldn't help but let out a bit of a frown, but he quickly gathered back his bet and exchanged some friendly small talk with Kuzmin.