Richard Ashby won four small pots in a row. None of them got beyond fifth street.
Then Christine Pietsch won two small pots in a row, none of them making it past fourth - the second one she raked in to cheering from our friend who works as a cleaner at the Rio (you get to know everyone here rather well over the Series) and who had already confided in us her hopes that a woman wins a bracelet in a open event.
Then this happened.
Ashby: (X) /
Pietsch: (X) /
Ashby brought in and called Pietsch's completion. Pietsch bet out on fourth street and again on fifth; both times Ashby smooth called.
On sixth, Pietsch checked and then called a bet from Ashby; on seventh she check-called again. She tabled two pair, kings and jacks - but Ashby's three deuces were better, and he moved into the chip lead on 1,015,000. Pietsch is now trailing on 850,000.