Well folks, another exciting season of "High Stakes Poker" is coming to a close tonight. We start with four-way action:
Dwan: DOUBLE 5s (Clubs & Spades)
THE FLOP: (JH)(8H)(AC)
Elezra makes a heart flush draw right off the bat, while both Meltzer and Brunson have the same two pair. Meltzer tries to fold out at least one player with a $20,000 bet...he takes care of Dwan, but Elezra calls while Brunson raises to $95,000. Meltzer then goes ALL IN! After a lot of thought...Elezra folds while Brunson calls the remainder.
TURN: 6 OF HEARTS
BAD FOLD, Elezra.
RIVER: 4 OF HEARTS
As a result of that bad fold by Elezra, Brunson & Meltzer split a final pot of $387,600. He'll try to redeem himself in this second hand.
THE FLOP: (KS)(8D)(QD)
Peat quickly makes a diamond flush draw, while Elezra leads with middle pair and Meltzer has low pair. Meltzer and Elezra both bet $3,000, while Peat raises to ten grand...Meltzer folds while Elezra continues on.
TURN: 5 OF CLUBS- DUD
Peat now tries to put an end to this hand with his next bet of $35,000...and it's over, so he wins the $69,000 pot. He then scores a blitz win on the third hand for an $84,600 pot thanks to raising to $60,800 at one point. We then get back to the flop on the fourth hand, and with five-way action:
Dwan: DOUBLE ACES (Diamonds & Spades)
THE FLOP: (7H)(AH)(3C)
Very good flop for Dwan there- he now has a trio of Aces. Both Laak and Peat have inside straight draws, while Baxter has a flush draw and Minieri has Double Aces. By the time Dwan raises to $19,700, only he and Baxter remain in this hand. Baxter then calls to continue the hand.
TURN: 5 OF SPADES
Possible bad fold by Laak there; he would've had a better straight than Baxter even if Baxter manages to complete his straight on the river. Both check.
RIVER: KING OF DIAMONDS
Dwan then bets $33,400. To have any chance of stealing this pot, Baxter needs to raise big time...but he calls instead, giving Dwan the pot at $111,800. The next hand is started by Elezra with a $1,600 straddle bet. Here's what we have at the flop:
THE FLOP: (7C)(QS)(9D)
Good flop for both; Elezra has paired both his base cards while Laak has an open-ended straight draw. Elezra then bets eight grand while Laak raises to triple that amount. Elezra then responds with a raise of his own, to $55K...Laak then goes ALL IN! Elezra then calls and decides that this hand will be run twice with a pot of $269,600 at stake.
TURN: 6 OF SPADES
Elezra now has a flush draw.
RIVER: 2 OF DIAMONDS
Elezra wins the first half of this pot.
TURN: 5 OF SPADES
RIVER: 5 OF HEARTS
Elezra wins the entire $269,600 pot! Back to five-way action in the next hand:
THE FLOP: (KC)(4S)(9C)
Brunson has a flush draw this time, while Dwan makes top pair and Elezra has low pair. Only Brunson answers by calling after Dwan bets $8,700.
TURN: ACE OF SPADES
Brunson now leads with Double Aces. Dwan then bets $24,100 and Brunson calls.
RIVER: ACE OF HEARTS
Dwan's last-ditch bet of $47,800...is not enough to make Brunson fold, so Brunson is $177,800 richer! Peat then does a $1,600 straddle bet before encountering this at flop time:
THE FLOP: (3S)(QC)(KC)
Peat has the best possible straight draw. Both bet $11,500 apiece.
TURN: 2 OF HEARTS- DUD
RIVER: 4 OF CLUBS
Peat then bets $25K to try and score a bluff win...Baxter folds, so Peat's bluff is successful and he wins the $60,800 pot. Back to five-way action for the next hand:
Peat: DOUBLE 5s (Clubs & Hearts)
Baxter: DOUBLE 10s (Clubs & Hearts)
THE FLOP: (3H)(9S)(KC)
Meltzer currently has the lead with his queen kicker. After his $8,200 bet, Elezra raises to $17,100, but Minieri re-raises to 50 grand. This prompts Elezra & Peat to fold while Meltzer makes the continuation bet.
TURN: 10 OF DIAMONDS
Baxter could've had three 10s and an inside straight draw by now if he had stayed in this hand. Double check.
RIVER: 10 OF SPADES
Baxter now misses out on QUAD TENS. Ouch. Instead of him winning the $134,500 pot, it will go to Meltzer. Next hand:
Minieri: DOUBLE ACES (Diamonds & Hearts)
THE FLOP: (5S)(10S)(10H)
A set of 10s for Peat here, while Minieri has two pair. Minieri's $11K bet is answered by Peat with a $30K raise. Minieri then pushes ALL IN and Peat calls! Like the previous ALL IN situation, this hand will be run twice for a $245,400 pot:
TURN: 6 OF CLUBS
RIVER: 8 OF CLUBS
Peat wins the first half of the pot with a Full House!
TURN: 4 OF HEARTS
RIVER: 6 OF SPADES
Peat sweeps the entire pot!
We're getting close to the end here...here's the next hand:
Meltzer: DOUBLE KINGS (Clubs & Spades)
THE FLOP: (QC)(7C)(10C)
Meltzer has a flush draw while Dwan has an inside straight draw. Dwan then bets $20,300 but Meltzer proceeds to raise to $75,300...Dwan folds, so the $119,200 pot belongs to Meltzer. And now, for the season's last hand...with the same two players:
Meltzer: DOUBLE KINGS (Hearts & Spades)
THE FLOP: (3H)(AH)(10D)
Dwan makes middle pair but Meltzer still leads. Meltzer's next bet is 30 grand...Dwan calls this time.
TURN: JACK OF DIAMONDS
Meltzer now has an inside straight draw, whereas Dwan now takes the lead with two pair and next bets $46,200. Meltzer then calls him...
FINAL CARD OF THE SEASON: JACK OF SPADES
...and Dwan makes a Full House! But that's not all...he bets enough to push Meltzer ALL IN...AND MELTZER CALLS, MEANING DWAN HAS ENDED THE SEASON WITH A $514,400 BANG!!!!
That hand is also the season's final World Series of Poker Academy High Pressure Moment of the Week.
BIGGEST WINNERS AMONGST POTS WON:
1. Tom Dwan- $626,200
2. Alan Meltzer- $447,500
3. David Peat- $436,000
4. Doyle Brunson- $371,600
MOST POTS WON:
1. David Peat- 4
2. Alan Meltzer- 3
SHUT OUT TO END THE SEASON: Dario Minieri, David Baxter & Phil Laak
And now, for this season's High Stakes Poker Awards:
COUTURE AWARD (for using his scarf so creatively while playing poker): Dario Minieri
CORRIGAN AWARD (for mis-evaulating another's hand): Doyle Brunson
NO DEAL AWARD (for not running his record-breaking hand this season more than once): Tom Dwan
SMELLING SAUCE AWARD (for not passing out when that queen popped up during the record-breaking hand): Barry Greenstein
TRILLION % RIGHT...AWARD: Antonio Esfandiari (thanks to his $50K misplacement incident)
Hope this show will come back soon! Next week, the second PokerStars.net Caribbean Adventure will begin airing on GSN. This year, it will be an eight-part series, and episodes will air Sunday nights at 7 PM EST, with replays at 1 AM EST that same night.