Super High Roller

Perkins Pounds the Pavement


Under the gun Philipp Gruissem raised to 5,500, and the table folded around to the blinds. Both Bill Perkins (small) and Jonathan Duhamel (big) came along with him, and it was a three-way flop.

The dealer spread out {5-Diamonds} {J-Spades} {7-Spades}, and Gruissem continued out with 10,500. Perkins check-raised to 30,000 straight, and the action froze on Duhamel in the middle. He appeared to be thinking sinister thoughts, and he settled on a reraise to 75,000 total. That folded Gruissem without incident, but Perkins was stuck in a bad spot. As he wriggled in his chair and chatted with his opponent, it became clear that his hand wouldn't stand up well to the three-bet, but he only had about 40,000 chips left in front of him. After some time, he slid them across the line to put himself at risk.

Perkins: {J-Diamonds} {3-Diamonds}
Duhamel: {A-Spades} {J-Clubs}

Duhamel's kicker had him two cards from the knockout, and Perkins could not catch up. The turn {9-Clubs} and river {7-Diamonds} filled out the board, and Perkins astutely surmised, "Well, I'm outta here." He is indeed out of chips and headed for the door, and Duhamel adds the chips to his own stack. We'll count him down once he finishes stacking up, but he should have close to 450,000 now.

Sarah Grant caught up with Perkins before his exit for a quick chat; have a look:

Chip stacks
Bill Perkins us Ude

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