The board read J♥2♠8♦9♣4♣ on the river, more than 10,000 already in the pot. The young man in the big blind confidently led into Humberto Brenes for 11,000, only to watch the Godfather of Costa Rican poker remove the plastic shark from the top of his stack and ship it into the middle. Although it was only an additional 2,900 for the big blind to call, he looked positively tortured.
"I really don't think I'm good here," the young man muttered.
"Too many Americans have this problem!" laughed Humberto, chomping away on a stick of gum.
Despite the huge pot odds he was getting on a call, the American made a Darvin Moon-like fold, conceding the pot. Humberto is presently on just north of 40,000 in chips, two sharks and a pile of Trident guarding his stack.
Moments later, Humberto's brother Alex opened a pot from the cutoff, receiving a call from the button before Alfredo Vaz reraised to 3,000 from the big blind. Cheekily shaking his finger at Vaz, Brenes found a fold, only to watch the button ship in his entire stack. Vaz called in a shot, tabling two black queens to the button's pocket kings.
"Queen, one time!" pleaded Vaz, hereby using his PokerStars Blog One Time Chip.
The poker gods complied, the board running out Q♦4♠6♦6♠3♣, Vaz flopping a set and turning a full house to eliminate his opponent.
Humberto rushed over to the table, fearing that Alex was on the receiving end of that bad beat.
"Obama! Obama!" Humberto cried, using the moniker he bestowed upon Vaz at the America's Cup of Poker. (We hear Vaz loves his new nickname. We also love his shirt.)
After a quick rapid-fire aside with Alex, Humberto discovered that his brother got away from his hand and was still alive and well in the tournament. He then offered "Obama" a fist-pound as he made his way back to his seat.
WIth 40,000 in chips, Humberto is the Brenes family chip leader. Alex is still hovering around 20,000, older brother Eric is down to 13,700 while young Roberto is up to 24,100.