With the board showing on the turn and about 350K already in the pot, A.J. Kelsall checked, Romeo Mendoza bet 200,000, and Kelsall check-raised all in. Mendoza went into the tank with 660,000 left in his stack.
As he considered the situation, Kelsall asked if Mendoza had ace-queen.
Mendoza asked, “Is ace-queen good?”
“Depends on the river,” answered Kelsall.”
Mendoza thought for a while longer before asking Kelsall if he had queen-six.
Kelsall pointed to his cards and asked, “Are these cards marked?”
Eventually, Mendoza called with , and Kelsall turned over — . Kelsall had turned two pair, and Mendoza needed to improve to stay alive.
The river card was — the . Mendoza rivered a set of aces to win the pot and double up in chips.
Romeo Mendoza – 3,125,000 (63 bb)
A.J. Kelsall – 2,075,000 (42 bb)