It folded around to Rolf Slotboom on the button, who carefully checked his cards. Carefully so as not to tip over the tall column of chips he has sitting before him, topped by a number of black chips, a few yellows, a couple of oranges, and a precariously balanced box of wintergreen-flavored Tic Tacs.
The toboggan-wearing Dutch player looked down from underneath his mirrored visor glasses, looked at his cards, and raised to 1,325.
It folded to the short-stacked player in the big blind. "Please let me have something," he said, noting with distress his sub-5,000 chip stack. "Now would be the time." He looked at his cards, exhaled, and folded face up -- . Slotboom showed one card -- the -- and took the small pot, adding the chips to his tower. Slotboom has about 26,000 now.
On the next hand there was a raise and reraise and it folded back to Mr. Short Stack.
"Now would be the time," he said.
"You say that every hand!" grinned Slotboom.