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

 

Spooky Hand

One of the spookiest hands I have ever been involved with occurred in the $5,000 buy-in limit Hold’em poker game event at the World Series of Poker in 1993.  By “spooky,” I mean lucky beyond explanation.  I’m afraid that my own analysis of the hand makes my play appear pretty poor.  In my own defense, I will say that I had won the no-limit Hold’em tournament the day before, and had been up until 7:00 A.M. on Saturday winning it.  This hand came up at roughly 11:00 on Saturday night, after we started the tournament at noon that day.

            We were down to four players that year: the late great World Champion Jack Keller, “Miami” Johan Cernuto, Don “The World’s Greatest Unknown Poker Play card games ” Williams (yes, that really is Don’s nickname), and me.  We were playing $3,000-$6,000 limit, and the chip counts were important.  Jack Keller had $38,000 in chips, Miami had $8,000, Don had $18,000, and I had over $250,000.  First place was $144,000, second was $72,000, third was $36,000, and fourth was roughly $22,000.

            Miami John made it $6,000 to go on the button with Qc-Js.  I called $4,500 more in the small blind ($1,500) with 5d-3s.  Jack reraised $3,300, making it $9,000  to go with pocket holdings of Jd-Jc. Miami called his last $2,000 all-in ($8,000 total), and I called the $3,000 raise.  Miami could now win my $8,000, Jack’s $8,000, and his own $8,000, or $24,000 total.  So the main pot had $24,000, and a side pot between Jack and me held $2,000.

            The flop was 3d-3c-6h.  I bet $3,000,  Jack raised it up, making it $6,000 to go, and I called.  The next card games was the 7h, making  3d-3c-6h-7h on the board.  I checked, Jack bet $6,000, and I then check-raised, making it $12,000 to go.  Jack then reraised,  making it $18,000 to go, and I re-raised his last $5,000, making it $23,000 to go, whereupon he called his last $5,000 all-in.  Jack needed the last jack in the deck, but it wasn’t there.  The final card was the 10s, which made the final board 3d-3c-6h-7h-10s.  I won the pot with three threes and eliminated two players in the process.  Don Williams, who had been watching this fracas, was ecstatic, having moved up from maybe $22,000 (fourth-place money) to a guaranteed minimum of $72,000 (second-place money).

            What really happened here?  I should never have called Miami John’s raise with a 5d-3s.  It was a terrible call to make.  Why would I want to double up Miami with a 5d-3s?  He was on the ropes with only $8,000.  Why not wait for a real hand against him?  In fact, I was hoping that Jack would call in the big blind, and perhaps that we could eliminate John between the two of us.

            My logic was flawed here, but it was just tired enough to make a call with a hand that I would not be playing 98 percent of the time.  Because of this terrible call, I reaped a huge reward wpt 2003.  The professional poker players call this “spooky.”

            What about poker the other players’ actions during this hand?  Miami John made a good $6,000 raise with Qc-Js and a good call for his last $2,000 all-in.  Jack Keller made a good reraise to $9,000 before the flop with Jd-Jc.  Jack also made a good raise to $6,000 to go on the flop; it was a seemingly great flop (3-3-6) for his hand.  Jack made a good $6,000 bet after I checked to him on the fourth card (3-3-6-7), but I believe he made a really bad reraise to $18,000.  In his shoes, I would have called only $12,000 total.  Then I could have called $6,000 on the last bet, and saved my last $5,000 in case Jd-Jc was no good.  It was very likely that when I check-raised it against Jack in this spot-making it $12,000 to go after the fourth  card-his hand was beaten, especially since we had put in two bets after the flop.  My hand could easily have been three or Q-Q or K-K OR A-A, all of which beat him.  You never know what can be accomplished by saving $5,000.  Maybe Jack would have won the tournament or moved up second place; after all, Don did have only $18,000 in chips left.

            In poker, we say that all you need to win a tournament is “a chip and chair.” Perhaps some of you out there are capable of throwing Jack Keller’s hand away on fourth street (after the fourth card).  You could save yourself from calling off my raise of $6,000 on fourth street and $6,000 on the end-or $12,000 total.  This would leave you with $17,000 ($12,000 plus $5,000) to battle with.  But laying the J-J down right then and there would be incredibly difficult to do, and would be based solely on your read of your opponent (me).  Even if you felt that you had a great read on someone, this would certainly be a tough hand to lay down.

Twenty minutes after this hand ended, I went on to win my fifth World Series of Poker bracelet! This win was special to me for three reasons.  First, I successfully defended my title-I had won the same WSOP $5,000 buy-in limit Hold’em event in 1992.  second, I had won two WSOP events back to back-in two days! And third, it was my third WSOP 2002 victory that year (1993).  Even though this spooky hand may not have had a huge bearing on the final result (after all, I did have a monster chip lead), it was memorable because of that 5-3 off suit!

 

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

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