It’s not often we have time on these final tables to report on much else but the bustouts on the table, but the following hand deserves a post of its very own…sadly.
There were no double ups. There were no eliminations. In fact, we didn’t even get to see a showdown.
Yet, I’m going to declare it a world record hand.
It started with a min-raise to 24,000 from Chiu Lee from under the gun and Jon-Pierre Narbey called in the big blind to see a flop of 8♦10♣9♥. Narbey led out with a bet of 45,000 and the action was on Lee. He went through his usual antics and several minutes past before Raj Ramakrishnan called time. That sparked Lee to call, but that was just beginning of the drama.
The turn brought the 7♠ which put an interesting board out there, but both players again took their time, much to the bemusement of players, fans and media alike. Eventually Narbey again tank-bet 45,000 and Lee tank-called.
If the play to this point was amusing, things simply got ridiculous on the A♦ river. Narbey again went into the tank for a LONG time. He wanted a count of his opponent’s stack. He wanted the pot spread. It was just all too much. Already close to ten minutes had passed and this time Jonathan Bredin had seen enough, and he motioned for time to be called again. Narbey took another good 30 seconds before tapping the table.
Now it was Lee’s turn to waste valuable minutes of our lives. He also fiddled with his stack, pointed at the pot, and wanted a count of his opponent’s stack. Were these guys for real? Another few minutes past and Ramakrishnan again called time. This was the third time that the clock had been called in the one hand, and second time on this street! Surely a record!
Well, it got better.
Lee eventually declared himself all in. The amount didn’t really matter by now, as most observers had switched off from this hand long ago as Narbey tanked…again. The stopwatch on this hand was now over 15 minutes, and we are not exaggerating. We timed it.
Just to set this new world record to a mark that should never, ever, ever be matched, Bredin called the clock on Narbey again. That makes four calls of the clock on one hand and an incredible three calls of the clock on the river alone. Astounding. We’ve declared it a new world record.
We took a small power nap and awoke to find Narbey folding his cards and Lee taking down the pot. Show the bluff one time?!? Nope.
After the hand, the players were given a firm, and much deserved, warning for time wasting. The total number of minutes in that hand was 17 and change, which is simply ridiculous for this event. In the combined years of watching tournament poker, myself and my colleagues couldn’t remember a hand that took longer than this, and I sincerely hope that I’m not around to see this world record ever get broken.