I watched a WPT Bellagio season 3 game over the weekend. Nam Le, Steve Rassi, and Jennifer Harman had already been eliminated, in that order. Vinny Landrum only had $135,000 left. He’d just defeated Jennifer Harman with his pocket 3s against her A-x when he flopped trips. Then lo and behold, Humberto Brenes got pocket 3s and beat Landrum when he flopped trips.
There was no way Landrum could have lain low, given the blinds were 50,000 and 100,000. The hand left him with 25,000 (I assume the rake is 10% – I don’t know). Daniel Negreanu, the chip leader with around $8+ mln, had been playing very Cbetcasino aggressively, especially against Brenes, whom he perceived as a threat. But Negreanu very good naturedly played a gentleman’s game on what became Landrum’s final hand, with neither player looking at their cards. Brenes looked just before, which gave him a psychological edge. When fifth street was revealed, Negreanu and Landrum revealed their cards. Landrum was out in third. He played well, but he just didn’t have enough chips left.
Negreanu went on to win, but only after losing a few to the very good-humored Brenes. It was very exciting watching the heads-up action between these two aggressive players. Oddly, though, Negreanu has a very obviously aggressive style, and Brenes is a master of deception. If you want to learn, watch these two as much as you can.