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Richard Tatalovich’s Big Hand

In 2000, I was involved in an interesting and important hand at the end of day two of the Championship no-limit Hold’em poker game event at the Trump Taj Mahal’s United States Poker Championship.  I’ll need to give a little background on the action leading up to this hand to better explain why the hand played out the way it did.

            We were down to the final two tables, and the blinds were $1,000-$2,000 with a $300 ante.  I had been gradually but steadily building my stack and was among the chip leaders at my table.  I had been aggressively defending my blinds, often reraising the play poker card games who moved on my blind pre-flop. Everyone at my table eventually gave up challenging my blinds, unless they had a big hand.  The only exception was Eric Panayiotou, who was seated on my immediate night poker.  He continued to come after my blinds, and I kept playing back at him.  Often, he would have to lay down his hand pre-flop or on the flop.  I sensed that he was about to start repopping me before the flop with less than a premium hand, just to test me.  I didn’t have to wait long.

            The very next hand, he was on the button, and I was in the small blind with two red jacks.  He limped in from the button, and I raised it.  I was careful not to overbet my jacks, but I wanted to bet enough to force the big blind out, so that if Eric intended to mix it up on that hand, at least I wouldn’t have to play my jacks against two opponents.

  So I raised four times the size of the big blind.  The big blind folded and Eric came over the top, doubling my bet.  I gave it a little thought poker and decided to see what the flop would bring. I didn’t necessarily give Eric credit for a big hand, since I had anticipated his move prior to the hand being dealt, and I figured that he was not giving me credit for having a hand.  The flop came down Q-4-2, all hearts.  I bet $10,000.  Eric doubled  my bet to $20,000, and I called.

            At this point, there were several reasons why I thought I was in the lead.  First, I felt that I had got a pretty good read on his play, as well as on some of his mannerisms, and if he had the nut flush, he would have just smooth-called.  Second, the pot limit omaha was already pretty large, so that if he had a flush that wasn’t the nuts, he would have moved all-in, I believed, to shut me out of trying to draw to a fourth heart on the board, in case I was holding a bigger heart than his hearts.  Third, he would have had to movie in with a set or two pair to shut out the potential flush draw that I might have had.  And, finally, if he had a queen with a big kicker, I surmised, on the basis of his play of the previous several hours, that he would have made a larger raise.  I though that his most likely hand was an A-K with the ace of hearts.

            The turn brought a black rag.  I bet another $10,000, and Eric immediately raised me $10,000 more.  While pushing the additional $10,000 in, I said, “I’ll call and check blind on the last round of betting.” There seemed to be a look of confusion on his face when I said that.  The ball was now in his court.  If an ace or a king spiked on the river, and he bet, then I would much my hand.  If a heart hit and he bet, I would have a little tougher decision to make, since I would have the third nut in that case, though I would also have mucked in that situation.  But if the ace hearts had hit on the river that, too, would have presented a tough decision, though there I would have called, with the second nut.

            The river brought a blank.  It was Eric’s turn to act, since I had already checked blind.  He contemplated his next move for close to five minutes.  He now had about half of his sizable stack in the pot, as did I.  If he had nothing, he knew he couldn’t win unless he bet and I folded.  He knew that if he bet and I called, he’d busted out of the tournament 1999.   That was the heavy decision he was faced with.  He finally checked, and I turned over my pocket jacks.  He flashed his cards to me as he threw them into the muck.  I saw the ace of hearts but didn’t see the other card clearly, though I’m assuming it was jacks, and he told me that if he had moved all-in, there is no way I would have called.

            Well, my friend, I will tell you that made a good check.  If you had said all-in, I would have beat you in the pot with my stack, and your wallet would now be lighter by the $79,500 that you earned for your very respectable third-place finish.  I took over the chip lead with that hand never relinquished it for the rest of the tournament high low poker.  It proved to have been the key hand and a bit scary, with basically that whole major tournament at stake for me.  But after I had processed all the information leading up to that hand, as well as the information I’d picked up during the hand as it unfolded, my gut instinct told me that I had the best hand.

            Fortunately, that time I was right.  I’ve found that in almost any tournament I’ve ever won, I’ve had to be willing to lay it all on the line, usually more than once, and go with my gut. If I’m wrong,  I’ll be headed for the exit; but as my decisions are based on an informed analysis, I’ll have no regrets game of cards.

Phil’s two cents:  I did talk to Eric the very night that these two played this hand together, and he told me that he had held A-K, so Richard was right.  Eric asked me if he had misplayed the hand, and I told him that Richard was a hard Man to bluff!  One thing he wrote that I loved was that he went with his gut.  Richard went with his gut, thus he went on to win the U.S..  Open Poker Championship.  Well done, Richard!

 

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

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8.Cheesehead Poker

Poker in Madison

Bluffing

Sportsmen Club

Pot-Limit Hold'em At Nora's Bar

Big Game in Wisconsin

A GOLF STORY

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