Event #58: $10,000 Main Event

Zhukov's Got Tiger Blood = WINNING!

• Level 16: 2,500-5,000, 500 ante

During hand-for-hand play, an opponent on the button raised it up to 13,500 before the flop; Viacheslav Zhukov called from the big blind, making it heads-up to the flop that read {10-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}. As the ESPN crew swarmed around the table, Zhukov checked from the big blind and the the button bet 13,500.

Zhukov called, then check-called the button's bet of 29,000 on the turn of the {A-Clubs} before checking again on the river of the {J-Hearts}. The button asked for a count on Zhukov's stack (it was about 116,000), but then snap-shoved for 222,000.

It would be Zhukov, however, would double up after calling with {A-Spades}{J-Spades} for a runner-runner two pair, against the button's {9-Hearts}{5-Clubs} for nothing but air. Now that was a hero call that required Herculean cajones.

"I'm not playing to fold," said Zhukov. "I'm playing to win!" Both players are still alive and hand-for-hand play continues!

Tagovi: Viacheslav Zhukov