Martin Mauthner and Ant Gokcek were involved in a preflop showdown when I arrived, Gokcek the player at risk.
Gokcek: Kh Th
Mauthner: Ts Td
Even before the first community card, tablemate Maria Stroemstad was calling for assortedly a king, some hearts, cards to a straight etc – basically anything that would favour Gokcek. Duly, the poker gods obliged:
Board: Jd Qh 4d As 2d
Mauthner wasn’t super happy about any of this. “Could you not do that if you’re not in the hand?” he asked Stroemstad – to be fair, it was a little, well, insensitive. “It’s not very nice.”
“I’m usually a very nice person,” Stroemstad explained, “I just really wanted him to win. And you enough chips left.”
Mauthner is at 56k after that; Gokcek doubled to 35k.