There were two contrasting images as the most recent all-in played out, resulting in a double up for Antonio Buonanno.
At one end of the stage, the stage nearest the exit because it’s nearer the bar, the British crowd, numbering half a dozen, Albion’s warrior class, leaning forward to bang the hoardings and get a better look as their man Salter’s cards as they were turned over.
But there, standing alone along the rail was Buonanno’s wife, who has been loyally watching since the very start.
Looking elegant in a patterned scarf, she crossed her fingers and urging her man to double up. If we’re honest, she was probably the only person in the room, apart from her husband, who wanted Salter to lose the hand and for play to go on at that moment. But when she got her wish it was hard to feel anything but happy for her.
Buonanno shows no fatigue and neither does she. Salter meanwhile spent the all-in leaning back on the rail with his elbows up, surrounded by palls, each of whom hold onto the rail to stay upright, rather than out of any curiosity.
It may be Buonanno’s best hope to simply outlast his opponent. But then Salter is hardly flagging himself. Both seem prepared to play on.
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Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter.