Alex Cordero raised from the hijack seat and got a caller in Andrea Tropea from the big blind. When checked to after the flop, Cordero fired and Tropea called. The turn brought the and bet of 70,000 from Tropea, which Cordero promptly raised to 195,000. After tanking for some time, Tropea called.
The river then brought the and a check from Tropea. Cordero bet 225,000 this time, and Tropea took about three minutes to consider what to do. Finally he called, tabling . Cordero showed his , somewhat amazed he had been called and yet still had the best hand.
"I was three-barrelling," he said. "I thought you had kings!"
That one knocks Tropea down to short-stacked status, while Cordero continues to increase his lead over the field.