In one of the most tense moments of the tournament so far Maria Ho and Dan Smith played a hand that saw a big swing in chips and lasted ten minutes.
Ho opened for 6,500 in middle position and Dan Smith popped it to 16,500 behind her. The blinds folded and Ho called after some short consideration. The flop fell , Ho checked and Smith bet 15,500. Ho called and turn came . Both players checked to the river and Ho checked a third time.
Smith spent a few minutes in the tank before he slid out a bet of 45,500. Ho tanked even longer - a solid four minutes - and the tournament grew silent around her. A few players stood up from the table and players from neighboring tables walked over the check the action.
With all eyes on her, Ho announced call and Smith tabled for a stone bluff. Ho turned up and she took the pot.