EPT San Remo: Sansonetti’s quads

April 18, 2009

In the early stages of tournaments like this, individual hands don’t tend to have much longer-term bearing. A pot is often worth no more than a couple of thousand chips, a number that will probably represent no more than an ante by the time the tournament meets the business end. But sometimes, sometimes, a pot comes along that has to be written about no matter what. For instance a hand in which six players get to the turn, including Peter Hedlund and Annette Obrestad, but ends with the two EPT stars folding (pocket kings, in Hedlund’s case), another local player eliminated, and the young Canadian Eric Mutrie earning applause from the rail for laying down a full house. He was right: his opponent had quads.

The precise details are a little sketchy, but by the time I arrived they turn had already been dealt. The board was showing 8♠Q♣8♣10♠ and there were bets, calls, raises and reraises in front of (at least) Obrestad, Mutrie, an unknown Italian player, and a young Costa Rican named Felipe Montenegro Sansonetti. The smoke cleared slightly when, in reaction to all this, the Italian player moved all in for close to 20,000. Obrestad and Hedlund folded at this point, but then Sansonetti also moved all in over the top.

That put the decision back onto Mutrie, who agonised for quite some time before folding pocket tens face up. Those pocket tens, don’t forget, represented a full house, tens over eights. The Italian player, who had been the first to move all in, showed J-9 and probably knew his straight was behind. Indeed it was. Sansonetti had pocket eights for quads and was soon stacking about 50,000 in total.

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