One of the hardest things to do in poker is to run deep in the Main Event. Part of making that deep run includes avoiding bad spots. Nam Le and Ben Lamb just gave us two excellent examples of how to avoid those bad spots.
In our first example, Nam Le opened from early middle position with a raise to 300. He was called by the player to his direct left and no one else. Duffey the dealer laid down the flop of and Le led out with a bet of 325. The other player put in a reraise to 725 and after about 15 seconds of thought, Le laid down his hand. The player to his left showed for a flopped set of threes and Le nodded his head, making it seem as if he had made a good lay down.
Across the room at another table, Ben Lamb was also involved in a small pot. With the board reading , Lamb had checked to his opponent who put out a bet of 1,000.
"Can I show one, or is that a rule?" Lamb asked. The dealer let him know that he could show his hand if he was intending to fold. Lamb held the T1,000 chip in his hand and motioned it towards the pot several times before finally putting it back in his stack and turning up his . His opponent never showed his hand, but Lamb seemed to be ok about his fold as the player scooped the pot.