Shortly after taking his seat at Amnon Filippi's table, a newcomer noticed the longtime pro and piped up with a strange comment that may have been a needle or a compliment, depending on one's perspective.
"Hey!," exclaimed Hank Paniccia at the sight of Filippi. "I know you from High Stakes Poker... what'cha doin' playing a one-k? Times must be tough!"
Filippi, a man known for his mean mug and New York-bred demeanor, was none too pleased with the young Paniccia's table talk, and he didn't so much as move a muscle while staring at him from across the table.
Finally, flipping his earbuds out to hear what his interrogator had to say, Filippi dismissed the comments with a jab of his own.
"You must be Canadian..." said Filippi with a stone cold glare, before returning to the sanctuary of his music.
Filippi had the last laugh though, as Paniccia managed to spill his beer on the floor while continuing another conversation about whether or not Filippi enjoyed playing with Stu Unger. The two seem to have become fast friends, and currently the room is filled with boisterous laughter as the two continue launching good-natured verbal volleys.