Event #45: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em

Andrew Teng Tanks His Way to Great Laydown

• Level 17: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

A hand went down recently which displayed the high level of poker play that occurs deep in every WSOP tournament.

With the board reading {Q-Spades}{J-Spades}{3-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{K-Clubs} and a pot of over 55,000 at stake, Andrew Teng was forced to make an extremely difficult decision. His opponent in the big blind had fired a bet of 39,500 at Teng, and the young pro who has cashed three times in this year's series, went as deep into the tank as a player can go.

Teng studied the board for more than five minutes, until finally another player at the table called the clock. With a tournament supervisor on hand to begin the count, Teng finally decided to muck his hand face-up, and when the table saw his holding, they immediately understood what took Teng so long. He folded the {8-Clubs}{8-Spades}, good middle set, upon coming to the conclusion that his opponent had him beat.

While most amateur players, and many professionals as well, would make the crying call with Teng's set, the young tournament veteran released the monster seemingly with ease. He later told the winner of the pot, "I think if you had bet a little more, or a little less, I would've called." After the great laydown in a spot where many players would go broke, Teng preserved his chip stack and will live to fight another day.

Tags: Andrew Teng