First, a little context.
Manuel Amaro is having a great time at this final table, and as soon as he made it to eighth place, he locked up the biggest cash of his career. He’s engaging with the other players, and asking for selfies with them, and generally having a lot of fun.
The tournament clock shows the chop value of the remaining prizepool if the players agreed to split it evenly (the current chop value with four players remaining is $30,605). And ever since they reached the final table, Amaro has been asking the other players to chop up the prizepool, saying most people would have to work a long time to make that much money.
Now that we’ve set that up, this update will make more sense.
Brian Altman raised under the gun to 65,000, and Manuel Amaro said he hadn’t looked at his cards yet, but as a one-time thing, he was going to go all in blind without looking at his cards. Amaro was all in from the button for 340,000.
Action folded to Altman, who asked if Amaro really hadn’t looked at his cards. Amaro swore he hadn’t looked at them, and with about half a dozen people watching the action from the rail, nobody said they saw him look. One person was confident that Amaro had not looked.
While Altman thought, Amaro kept insisting that this was a one-time offer, and he wouldn’t be doing it again.
Altman thought for a little while longer before calling with .
Amaro turned over his cards one at a time, and the first one was the . The second one was the , and Amaro was ahead preflop.
The board came , and Amaro won the pot with his ace to double up in chips.
After the hand, Zachary Mullennix told Amaro that he believes him that he didn’t look at his cards. Because if he did look at his ace-eight before he shoved, then it wasn’t a very good play.
Manuel Amaro – 755,000 (25 bb)
Brian Altman – 800,000 (27 bb)
With four players remaining, the average stack is about 1,095,000 (37 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $17,615.