It's quite a friendly (and tough) match going on at the far table.
In the last hand, we joined the action on the river with about 25,000 in the pot. The board showed , and Marvin Rettenmaier was the one doing the betting. He fired out 17,500. Matthew DeLuca promptly stuck in a big raise to 85,000, and that sent Rettenmaier deep into the tank.
It had to be at least five minutes before he acted. During that time, he was smily and shifting in his chair, appearing somewhat amused by the situation he was facing. Finally, he announced the fold, but he didn't want to give up his cards. A quick, informal agreement was made to show each other the cards, and Rettenmaier began by flashing the . DeLuca responded with the , and Rettenmaier squeezed over the to show his two pair.
It was a good laydown. DeLuca made him sweat it, then flipped over his last card — the . He'd rivered a gutshot straight, and the two exchanged a few pleasantries as the dealer prepared the next hand.