This pot was so important to Buchanan we even capitalised it!
Noah Schwartz made the raise to 22,000 and Shawn Buchanan unleashed a rare three-bet when he made it 47,000. If you thought the three-bet was rare then the call by Schwartz was of Dodo proportions.
Buchanan bet 35,000 and Schwartz made the call.
This time Buchanan checked, Schwartz bet 88,000 and Buchanan called.
Buchanan checked for the second time and Schwartz moved 230,000 over the line. This was 50% of his stack. Buchanan took off his hood for the first time. He turned his cap and pulled out the 230,000 from his stack of around 580,000. He was staring at Schwartz intently and then put the chips back into his stack and went to fold. Something stopped him at the last moment and he pulled the 230,000 stack back out and moved it over the line. The look on the face of Schwartz said it all, you knew the call was good!
Buchanan breathed a sigh of relief when Schwartz mucked his hand. A major moment in this heads up sem-final match up.