Just as we were on our way out when the dinner break started, we noticed an empty seat with a big stack that we hadn’t accounted for yet. So once the players returned, we made sure to find out who this person one. Turns out it was Brian Powell who has increased his stack of a little more than 100,000 to start the day into quite a bit more so far.
We caught one hand with around 20,000 in the pot already where it was three handed on a flop and the small blind and Powell in middle position checked to the hijack who bet 11,700. The small blind folded but Powell made the call as the two remaining players saw the roll off on the turn. Powell checked again and his opponent bet 21,100. Powell came back with a check-raise with a large pile of orange T5000 chips that looked to be around 75,000 that were enough to put the hijack all in.
The hijack quickly tossed his hand into the muck and Powell showed . The hijack said, “It wasn’t a bluff” indicating that Powell’s pair was ahead and Powell responded with “I know it wasn’t (a bluff), if it wasn’t good I wouldn’t have shoved.” And just like that, Powell boosted his already large stack a bit more.