When we reached Table 411, the board read . Phil Hellmuth led out for 50,000, and Paul Phua raised to 150,000. Hellmuth thought for thirty seconds or so, then called.
The river was the , and Hellmuth checked. Phua thought for no more than fifteen seconds, then fired 475,000.
"Call!" Hellmuth exclaimed, the second the chips hit the felt.
Phua tabled for sixes full of queens, but Hellmuth had him beat with for queens full of aces.
"What...?" Rick Salomon blurted.
The table was shocked that Hellmuth just called, and some players began needling him.
"What were you afraid of?" Chamath Palihapitiya asked.
"Yeah," Salomon added. "There's no one at this table that doesn't get it in there."
"There's no one else at this table named Phil Hellmuth," Hellmuth shot back.
"There's also no one else that catches cards like you," Mike Sexton jabbed.
The conversation continued when we left, and while Phua is down to 475,000 chips, Hellmuth is up to 7.1 million.