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

 

Trying To Win The Bike

While playing in the Bicycle Club’s $5,000 buy-in World Poker Tournament no-limit Hold’em poker game tournament in 2003, the following hand came up on day two. 

The even was scheduled over three days, but the structure was way too fast, and 309 players were reduced to a mere 54 players in day one’s eight hours of play.  I think we really need all W.PT events to be a structured so as to allow the players to employ the maximum amount of skill possible over three days.  The World Series of Poker is on the right track in 2004, going to six days of play.

            In any case, I made it back to day two of the Bike’s event with $18,900, with the blinds at $500-$1,000 and an ante of $200 a play poker card games.  My ideal was to double up, and then see if my opponents could beat me or not.  About the 10th hand or so, I was dealt the Ad-Qd in the small blind.  A player two off the of the button made it $3,500 to go, and I studied for a minute.

            I was thinking: number one, I hate A-Q, and this hand has cost me more money than any other in no-limit Hold’em tournaments; number two, I probably can’t fold this hand; and number three, do I then move all-in or just call?  The thought of going broke with A-A again wasn’t very appealing to me, so I decided to just call the bet.  The flop then came down As-9h-6h, and I checked.  At this point, I was probably check-raising the flop all-in.

            My opponent then checked behind me, and the Qc came off the deck for As-9h-6h-Qc.  Now I decided that checking here would be a bad play, because I didn’t want my opponent to hit some sort of trips or straight card games for free, especially since I was now committed to my hand for all of my chips with the top two pair.  I was also thinking that betting too much here would be a mistake, because I wanted high limit action with my now very powerful hand.

            So I bet out a small $2,000 into this $9,000 pot, and my opponent moved all-in! “Yikes,” I thought, “did I run into a set here or what?” After a quick 10-second study I realized that I could beat a ton of hands, and that I couldn’t fold the top two pair here in this situation; thus, I called.  I was pleasantly surprised, and a bit shocked, to find that my opponent had Q-J, and that he was drawing dead-no matter what card hit on the last card, I would win this pot hold'em poker.

            OK, now that I was doubled up in chips, it was time to find out if my opponents could beat me! I decided to play the waiting game, since I suspected that Stan Goldstein-who was on my left-might reraise me if I began to raise a lot of pots.  But the blinds and antes kept relentlessly creeping up, and I found myself anteing off quite a few chips.  I did make one move where, in fact, Stan did reraise me, and I was forced to fold-grr! Stan had nice timing that time, but I will get him soon seven-cad-stud!

            With the blinds now at $1,000-$2,000, I finally raised with Jd-10d, making it $4,400 to go.  The big blind then moved all-in for $6,000 more, and I found myself considering calling with my Jd-10d because of the pot odds.  I was getting $4,400 + $4,400 + $1,000 + (8 x $400) + $6,000, or roughly $19,000 for my $6,000 call.  I decided that the right play was to call.  By the way, I didn’t feel extreme strength from the raiser limit stud.

            As it turned out, the raiser had 9c-9h, and we “raced” (he was a small favorite) for a $26,000 pot.  I lost the race, and had only $8,000 left.  That’s ok, but had I won it, I would have been right back in the ball game.  Shortly thereafter, I was in the big blind with Kd-5d, and the button raised it to $5,000 to go.

            I decided to take a flop for two reasons.  The first was that I had the $2,000 big blind in there already, and the second was that I thought poker I might have the best hand with king high.  I decided to call before the flop, and then bet my last $2,500 no matter what hit the flop.  When the flop came down A-5-4, I moved all-in, and was called by the button player, who held A-7.  That was all she wrote for Phil Hellmuth that day.  (They paid 27 spots, but I wasn’t there just to make the money; I was there to win the whole enchilada!)

            Each tournament I enter, I try to make the best decisions I can, but oftentimes-in fact, most times-I leave wishing I would have done something better.

 

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

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