Super-short Simon O’Donoghue (not sure whether this is the result of long dwindle or recent catastrophe) moved in under the gun with 8c-6d. Bear that in mind while the action flares up all around him… Chipped up neighbour Joel Dodds flat called, action passed to Ian Simpson who raised to 25,000. Josse Mielonen now used up a moderate portion of his timebank before passing back to Dodds. The photo below illustrates O’Donoghue’s (on the left) tortured wait:
Dodds immediately passed which left just the two players’ hands on their backs. You already know what O’Donoghue had – he must have jumped for joy at the 4d-4c Simpson showed (that and the fact that the pot was extra-value for him). Mielonen, meanwhile, made noises of incredulity while the board came down 9c-8d-6s-Js-Jc.
“Do you know what I folded?” Mielonen asked the table, continuing before they could respond, “Not precisely, but I can guess at the sort of thing,” “AK suited.”