Sunday, May 03, 2009

"High Stakes Poker" 5/3

Last week saw the return of Tom Dwan, who we all know for breaking the bank with that record $919,600 pot about a month ago. Let's see how much magic he can cook up tonight. The opening hand:

Antonius: (6C)(4D)
Hachem: (8D)(5S)

POT: $7,000
THE FLOP: (10D)(8H)(4S)

Hachem has middle pair while Antonius has the low one. Both add five grand apiece to the pot.

TURN: QUEEN OF DIAMONDS- DUD

Hachem's $12,000 bet...is enough for Antonius to fold, so Hachem wins the night's first pot at $29,000. Same two play the second hand:

Antonius: (7H)(6H)
Hachem: (AH)(KH)

POT: $7,400
THE FLOP: (8H)(4C)(8S)

Antonius has an inside straight draw; both check.

TURN: 10 OF SPADES

Antonius can now make a straight by either getting a 5 or a 9; this is a Double Belly Buster situation. After Hachem bets $2,500...Antonius raises to $13,000....and Hachem folds to win Antonius a $22,900 pot. Antonius then plays in this third hand after taking a bathroom break for an $800 bet:

Esfandiari: DOUBLE NINES (Diamonds & Spades)
Antonius: (AC)(JC)

POT: $12,800
THE FLOP: (AD)(6C)(10C)

Double Aces and a club flush draw for Antonius. Both bet seven grand this turn.

TURN: 5 OF HEARTS- DUD

Antonius tries to close this hand out with a $19,000 wager...but Esfandiari goes on by calling.

RIVER: ACE OF SPADES

No flush, but Antonius does win a $105,800 pot here! Dwan then plays his first hand of the night:

Cassavetes: (JH)(2H)
Dwan: (AH)(10D)

POT: $8,000
THE FLOP: (AC)(3D)(QC)

Dwan has the best possible pair. Double check.

TURN: QUEEN OF SPADES

Dwan now has two pair, meaning Cassavetes is drawing dead. Both bet five grand this round.

RIVER: ACE OF DIAMONDS- DWAN FULL HOUSE!

Dwan wins his first pot this evening at $53,300! He'll try to make it two in a row against Daniel Negreanu on this next hand:

Negreanu: (AD)(6S)
Dwan: (KH)(QC)

POT: $8,000
THE FLOP: (AC)(9C)(JS)

Dwan has an ace high straight draw, while Negreanu has Double Aces. Both throw in $5,700 apiece to the pot.

TURN: QUEEN OF SPADES

Dwan now has double queens; both now bet 11 grand apiece.

RIVER: 10 OF CLUBS- DWAN STRAIGHT!

That straight is worth another $70,200 to Dwan's bank account! Next hand:

Esfandiari: (QD)(JD)
Laak: DOUBLE ACES (Clubs & Hearts)

POT: $8,400
THE FLOP: (7C)(5C)(KH)

Double check.

TURN: 3 OF SPADES- DUD

After Laak's $5,200 bet, Esfandiari folds, winning Laak a $13,600 pot. The second half of tonight's episode begins with the following:

Dwan: DOUBLE 8s (Diamonds & Spades)
Laak: (JH)(10H)

POT: $10,800
THE FLOP: (6C)(9H)(6H)

Instant heart flush draw for Laak; a 7 on the turn will give Dwan an open-ended straight draw. After Dwan's $6,300 bet, Laak raises an additional 15 grand and Dwan calls.

TURN: 6 OF SPADES- DWAN FULL HOUSE!

That's Dwan's second Full House of the evening! But both check here.

TURN: 8 OF HEARTS- LAAK FLUSH!

Laak has his flush, but Dwan still has the best hand. This could possibly lead to some late hand fireworks. Dwan bets $9,400...and after Laak talks it out a LONG time, he calls and Dwan wins the $72,200 pot. Too bad it wasn't much bigger. On the next hand, we have three-way action for the first time tonight:

Hachem: DOUBLE 4s (Clubs & Spades)
Negreanu: (KH)(JS)
Laak: (8S)(5S)

POT: $9,500
THE FLOP: (KC)(5D)(8C)

Laak leads early on with two pair, while Negreanu has top pair. Hachem folds while the other two bet $6,500 apiece.

TURN: 9 OF HEARTS- DUD

Laak then makes a fairly big $18,500 bet...but Negreanu replies with a raise to $43,500. Laak then calls the other $25K.

RIVER: 2 OF HEARTS- ANOTHER DUD

Laak takes down the night's highest pot so far, $163,700! Next stop is four-way action:

Negreanu: (AH)(8H)
Laak: (KD)(QC)
Lederer: DOUBLE 6s (Clubs & Spades)
Dwan: (AC)(QS)

POT: $23,600
THE FLOP: (QD)(AD)(2C)

Dwan has two pair, Negreanu has top pair and Laak has just middle pair. Dwan's $14,300 then causes Laak & Lederer to fold out.

TURN: 2 OF HEARTS

We now have a split pot possibility. Dwan tries to sabotage all that by next betting $34,600...but Negreanu responds big time by raising to $84,600! Dwan then calls the remaining $50K.

RIVER: 4 OF HEARTS- NO GOOD

No more action here, so Dwan picks up the night's highest pot at $221,400! Now, for the final hand of the evening:

Antonius: (10S)(6S)
Dwan: DOUBLE JACKS (Clubs & Spades)

POT: $34,200
THE FLOP: (AH)(8C)(2D)- WORTHLESS FLOP

Both bet $21K a pop.

TURN: KING OF SPADES- ANOTHER DUD

Antonius is drawing dead right now, and he's getting desperate, as he now bets $52K...and would you believe it, Dwan folds! That'll offset Dwan's $221K pot win just moments ago a bit; Antonius wins a $128,200 pot as a result. This hand is also this week's World Series of Poker Academy High Pressure Moment of the Week.

BIGGEST WINNERS AMONGST POTS WON:

1. Tom Dwan: $417,100
2. Patrick Antonius: $256,900
3. Phil Laak: $177,300

MOST HANDS WON:

1. Tom Dwan: 4
2. Patrick Antonius: 3
3. Phil Laak: 2

SHUT OUT (a season-high four members in the dreaded club this week): Sam Simon, Daniel Negreanu, Howard Lederer & Nick Cassavetes

There will be a revised group of players next week.

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