1.Against All Odds

Introduction

Los Angeles poker classics

ESP

Bad Beat Poker

Pot-Limit Omaha

Spooky Hand

World Poker Challenge

Pot-Limit Hold'em Tournaments

Foxwood's Poker

Five-Star World Poker

World Series of Poker-2000

World Series Poker Championship

2.World Series of Poker Hands

Youngest World Champion

World Series Poker-1999

World Series Poker-1998

World Series Poker-2002

WSOP-2002

WSOP-1995

WSOP-1994

WSOP-1998

U.S.. Poker Championship-1999

WSOP-2000

WSOP's Winner-2000

WSOP-2003

WSOP's Record-2003

"Big One" in WSOP-2003

3.World Poker Tour

WPT-2002

World Poker Tour-2002

WPT's winner-2003

WPT-2004

WPT-2003

World Poker Tournament-2003

WPT's Event-2003

Foxwood's World Poker

Amir's Big Call

4.European Poker Tour

The Poker em

Poker In Amsterdam-1998

The Poker em-2000

Late Night Poker 3-2000

WHUPC-2003

5.Reading other Player's mail

WSOP-1992

Tournaments of Champion-1999

A Tale Of Four Bluffs

WSOP-2001

Commerce Casino-2002

No-Limit Hold'em Event-2002

 

Never Give Up

While I was playing in the Bellagio’s Five-Star World Poker series Classic’s $1,000 buy in pot limit Hold’em tournament in December 2002, the following series of hands unfolded.  (On page 21, in the piece titled “Phil Misreads His Hand, Too,” I recount how, in that same Bellagio event, I made one of the stupidest moves I have ever made in a hold'em poker game! This series of hands shows that you can never give up in a poker tournament.)

            Two off of the button, with the blinds at $100-$200, I opened the pot for $900 of my remaining $900 with K-9.  Max Stearn, holding 10-10, just called in the small blind, because he was afraid to reraise and possibly run into a big hand in the big blind.  I don’t blame max for just calling at this point in the hand; after all, it looked like he was going to get my last $300 in any case. With a flop of A-10-8, Max checked, and then I checked.

  (By the way, if he had bet my last $300 here on the flop, then I would have called fairly quickly because of the pot odds he could have had a small pair here as well.)  The fourth card games made max four tens, and he checked.  At this point, I’m folding my hand for a $300 bet.  And I’m folding no matter what hits on the last card although a king would have tempted me to call.  The last card was a three, and now Max bet my last $300, and I quickly folded.

            With $300 left, I folded my next two hands, and shut my eyes to maintain focus- I was upset that I was going to be eliminated.  But, it I was going down-and with $300 left, it sure looked as if I was going down-then at least I would give myself a chance and go down calmly.  Under the gun, I moved all-in with Ac-10c, and was called by the button and the big blind.  I scooped the $1,000 pot when the board came down A-K-Q-5-7.  Then, in the big blind, I folded Ac-4c for a $400 raise.  (Again, I wanted to give myself the best-possible chance to double up, and A-4 isn’t it!) The next hand, while in the small blind, Kenny “Skyhawk” Flaton-a great player, but an seven card stud greater guy-raised two off of the button with 7-7, and I moved all-in  for $800 total with As-Qs.  When a queen hit the board, I had won the $1,800 pot.

            Next hand, I picked up Q-Q on the button, and raised one player who had called the $200 bet.  Everyone folded, and now I had $2,300.  The very next hand I picked up J-J, and moved all-in when someone else opened with A-Q.  The A-Q called me, and my J-J won the $4,900 pot.  Three hands later I was under the gun again (exactly one round after having the $300 under the gun), this time with A-A.  I opened for $900, and Skyhawk raised me $2,400 more from the small blind monkey poker.  I moved all-in, and Skyhawk quickly called and flipped up Q-Q. My A-A held up, and now I had exactly $10,000!

            I had started the round with $300, and ended it with $10,000! Wow! “OK,” I thought poker, “ I must not lose a big pot, as I often do when I make a big comeback like this.”  But no, I couldn’t help what happened next (although I should have been able to!).  I raised it up with 9-9, and was called by A-A (smooth-calling with A-A can be very dangerous!). 

After a flop of 4-6-8, I bet out and was raised.  I didn’t know my opponent from Adam, and I decided that he probably had A-8, and I moved him all-in.  knowing your opponent can make all the difference in the world in a situation like this-after playing with him the rest of the day, I came to see that I would do well to fold in the same situation the next time.  But alas, he called, and his hand held up, and now I was down to about poker $3,000 again.

            Having been down to $300, $3,000 seemed like a lot of chips to me, and I felt confident that I would run it up again wsop event.  I fought and fought and fought, and by the time we reached the final table, I had the chip lead with over $60,000.  But I’ll put this account on hold for a bit, until after “Wow, are You Serious?” Part Two (“Phil Misreads His Hand, Too!”) details one of the worst plays I have ever made in my life, as well as what happened at this particular final table with Howard Lederer, Jeff Shulman, Dennis Waterman, and Daniel Negreanu wsop stud poker.

 

6.From The Other Side Of Table

WSOP-1974

Commerce Casino-1999

WSOP-1999

WPT-2003

Bellagio Poker

Ladies World Championship

High Limit Action in Houston

Commerce Casino's California-1999

Party Poker Million-2002

WSOP's Winner-2002

WSOP seven card stud-2000

Foxwood's Casino

Pot-Limit Hold'em Event

World Heads-Up Poker Tour

United States Poker Championship

7.Poker Hollywood Style

Chinese Poker

Bicycle Club Casino

Rounder's

Celebrity Poker

Hustler Casino

8.Cheesehead Poker

Poker in Madison

Bluffing

Sportsmen Club

Pot-Limit Hold'em At Nora's Bar

Big Game in Wisconsin

A GOLF STORY

ULTIMATEBET HAND

CHAMPION OF THE YEAR AWARD

TOP MOMENTS IN POKER

THE NEXT POKER WAVE