"Erik, you didn't even thank me yet," Dan Shak said, looking up from his iPad. Seidel was across the table getting a massage from a therapist who is often seen with her elbows buried in Shak's spine instead.
"Why? Did she cut you short?" Seidel asked, not really understanding what was going on.
"No. You didn't thank me yet," Shak repeated. "You still owe me a 'thank you'. Do you know why yet?"
Seidel was puzzled, and the conversation was on the verge of getting awkward. There was a bit of a silent pause.
Shak continued, "I pretty much handed you the $100,000 at the Bellagio," Shak grinned across the felt. He was talking about the recent $100,000 Super High Roller event that Seidel won. Shak was deep in it, too, but Seidel won a couple massive pots from him on the way to the trophy.
Seidel's understated sense of humor is incredibly entertaining. "Oh," he said, suddenly aware. "That was very kind." A wry smirk came across his own face, perhaps as he thought back to that day a couple weeks ago when he added another seven figures of cash to his bank account.
We'd smile, too.