The dealer started the pitch just barely before the tournament clock read 00:00 for Level 17, and the action folded to Nicolas Fierro who opened to 17,000 in the hijack seat. Team PokerStars Pro Jonathan Duhamel three-bet to 38,000 on his direct left, and the action folded back to Fierro who tank-called.
The dealer fanned , and Fierro checked. The 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion continued for 43,000, and after tanking for a few minutes, Fierro called.
Every player at the table stayed to watch, including Leonid Bilokur, who left for a bit then returned for the conclusion of the hand. They all sat at the table, stood next to their chair, or leaned against the rail in silence.
The turn was the , and Fierro checked a second time. Duhamel reached for a stack of blue T5,000 chips, took three chips off of the top, and slid 85,000 forward. Fierro sat silently for over five minutes, then made the call.
The completed the board, and Fierro checked a third time. Duhamel stared him down with great intensity, then finally reached for another stack of blue chips and fired a third bullet worth 110,000. Fierro tanked for longer than he had on the flop and turn combined. Duhamel kept his eyes on Fierro as he sat in thought, and after a good five-to-six minutes, Fierro raised to 260,000.
Duhamel let out a long sigh. He shifted in his chair, and you could see the wheels turning in his head. Finally, after a minute or two, he slid a stack of chips forward, signifying a call.
Fierro turned over for a full house, and Duhamel angrily flicked his cards into the muck. Fierro raked in the monster pot, pushing his stack over a million chips, while Duhamel exited the tournament area for break.