Sean Shah raises from early position to 32,000, and Iman Nikmaram calls from one of the blinds.
Both players checked to the river on a board of , Nikmaram checked, Shah bet 20,000, and Nikmaram called.
Shah showed to win the pot with a flopped royal flush in spades, and Nikmaram said, “That’s overkill” as he mucked his cards. Nikmaran would later say he had flopped two pair.
Sean Shah – 215,000 (18 bb)
Iman Nikmaram – 275,000 (23 bb)
A short while later, after a flop of , Shah checks the small blind, Tommy Tran bets 30,000 from the big blind, and Shah pot-raises to 154,000, with just 10,000 more behind.
Tran goes into the tank, eventually asking himself out loud, “Do I want to race right now?”
After a little more thought, Tran says, “Let’s race,” and he calls.
Sean Shah: (pair of sixes)
Tommy Tran: (pocket aces, pair of sixes)
Shah was pretty dominated in this spot, but the turn card was the , and the river card was the . Shah turned two pair, queens and sixes, to win the pot and double up into the chip lead.
Sean Shah – 400,000 (33 bb)
Tommy Tran – 155,000 (13 bb)