Marc Ladouceur opened to 165,000 in middle position, Shahriar Assareh called on his direct left, and the rest of the players folded. The flop was , and thinking the action was on him, Assareh slid out 1 million in lavender T100,000 chips. Ladouceur asked the dealer if the bet was binding if he checked, and she nodded, "yes."
"Where are you from?" Ladouceur asked Assareh.
Assareh seemed a bit affronted.
"You don't have to answer," Ladouceur told him.
"Nowhere," he finally answered.
"Norway?" Ladouceur shot back.
"Nowhere!" Assareh echoed.
Ladouecur finally opted to check, and Assareh slid his bet back out into the middle. Ladouecur folded, and Assareh won the pot.
"I'm from Iran," he informed the table.
A few hands later, Danny Wong opened to 165,000, and was called by Assareh in the cutoff, Robert Corcione on the button, and Scott Abrams in the big blind. The flop fell , and Abrams led for 375,000. The action folded to Assareh, who raised to 1 million, and won the pot.
On the third hand, three players saw a flop of , including Abrams, Jordan Batt, and Assareh. The action checked to Assareh, who fired 300,000, and Abrams called. The turn was the , and Abrams led for 450,000. Assareh released, and Abrams picked up the pot.