William Esmingeaud raised to 1,100 under the gun and received a call from Konstantin Puchkov. Both players checked the flop, prompting Esmingeaud to lead out for 1,500 on the turn. Puchkov made the call and then both players returned to checking on the river. Esmingeaud tabled , and Puchkov shook his head and showed . Round 1 to Esmingeaud.
In the very next hand, Puchkov was the one opening for 1,100, which cleared the field all the way to Esmingeaud in the big blind. The latter opted for a three-bet to 2,600, Puchkov called, and the flop fell . Esmingeaud wasted little time in betting 4,000, and Puchkov shook his head and asked, "Aces?"
The Russian eventually folded and Esmingeaud tabled . Round 2 to Esmingeaud.