Sunday, May 24, 2009

"High Stakes Poker"- FIFTH SEASON FINALE

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)
Meltzer: (AS)(8D)
Elezra: (QH)(2H)
Brunson: (AD)(8C)

POT: $22,000
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.

Meltzer: (AH)(8C)
Peat: (3D)(2D)
Elezra: (QS)(9S)

POT: $11,000
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:

Minieri: (AC)(4C)
Laak: (6D)(4S)
Peat: (6C)(5C)
Dwan: DOUBLE ACES (Diamonds & Spades)
Baxter: (KH)(2H)

POT: $5,600
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:

Elezra: (9S)(7S)
Laak: (JC)(10S)

POT: $12,000
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.

ROUND 1:

TURN: 6 OF SPADES

Elezra now has a flush draw.

RIVER: 2 OF DIAMONDS

Elezra wins the first half of this pot.

ROUND 2:

TURN: 5 OF SPADES
RIVER: 5 OF HEARTS

Elezra wins the entire $269,600 pot! Back to five-way action in the next hand:

Minieri: (10D)(7H)
Brunson: (AC)(6C)
Elezra: (4H)(2H)
Baxter: (QC)(8S)
Dwan: (KH)(JD)

POT: $16,600
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:

Peat: (JC)(10D)
Baxter: (AS)(7H)

POT: $12,800
THE FLOP: (3S)(QC)(KC)

Peat has the best possible straight draw. Both bet $11,500 apiece.

TURN: 2 OF HEARTS- DUD

Both check.

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)
Meltzer: (KD)(QS)
Baxter: DOUBLE 10s (Clubs & Hearts)
Elezra: (KH)(6H)
Minieri: (KS)(8S)

POT: $17,400
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)
Peat: (10D)(8D)

POT: $22,000
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:

ROUND 1:

TURN: 6 OF CLUBS
RIVER: 8 OF CLUBS

Peat wins the first half of the pot with a Full House!

ROUND 2:

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:

Dwan: (JS)(8H)
Meltzer: DOUBLE KINGS (Clubs & Spades)

POT: $23,600
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)
Dwan: (JC)(10S)

POT: $68,400
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.

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