For the second consecutive hand, Gianluca Speranza opened to 12,000. The first raise got through, but Roberto Romanello got in the way the second time around. Next door to Speranza, the Welshman reraised to 32,000, and he was given a quick sideways look before the call came to send them off heads-up.
The dealer spread a flop, and both men checked through. That action repeated after the turn, and the filled out the board on the river. Now Speranza sprung into action with a bet of his own -- 33,500. Romanello made a minimum raise to 67,000, and that turned out to be a bit of a misstep. Speranza's response was a reraise to 155,500 total, and Romanello let out a sigh as he announced the call.
Speranza showed up for the full house, essentially the nuts. Romanello quietly mucked, despite pleas from Speranza. "What'd you have? Ace-queen? A flush? What'd you have? Huh?"
After that shakedown, Romanello has been reduced to about 265,000, while Speranza increases his lead to about 680,000.