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

 

1994 wsop preliminary no-limit hold’em

In 1996, two years after this tournament wound up, I was giving George Rodis a hard time about what he had done to me in this poker event, when George looked me squarely in the eye and said, “Phil, take a good look around this room.  Don’t you think I deserve to have a WSOP [World Series of Poker] bracelet?”

            There was a lot of action that day in 1994 at the WSOP.  When we were down to five players, bob Lohr came up to me and said, “Phil, play poker card games good, I have a bet on you to win it.”  I asked Bob how much he had bet on me and he replied (in his high low poker -pitched Texas twang), “Well, I bet O’Neil Longson $1,500 at 80 to 1 on you to win only.  Let’s see, if you win it, I win $120,000, so like I said, play good!”

            I had also bet Ted Forrest, Huck Seed, and Yosh Nakano my $5,000 to their $8,000 each (my $15,000 to their $24,000) that I would win a WSOP bracelet in 1994 hold'em poker game.  I mean, why not take 8 to 5?  I had won three WSOP bracelets the year before!

            Doyle Brunson told me the next day that he had bet $25,000 in chips, the tough-playing Howard Lederer had $160,000 in chips, and the tough-playing George Rodis had $80,000 in chips limit stud.  One hand, George limped in on the small blind, and I raised it up a little bit with Qs-Js in the big blind.  George then reraised all of his chips, so I folded.  A little while later, George limped in on the small blind again, and I raised it up out of the big blind with an A-7.  George then reraised all of his chips, so I folded again.

            About 10 minutes later, George limped in a third time, and I raised again (with nothing), and he moved all-in again.  I might be a bit slow at times, but didn’t I detect a pattern here?  George loves to limp in with whatever, wait for my raise, and then move all-in before the flop.  OK, I decided that I wouldn’t raise it up again-after George limped in –unless I could call the reraise of ll of his chips.  So the waiting game of cards began.

            About an hour later, George limped in on the button.  I looked down and saw A-A in the small blind, and I already knew what was going to happen here.   It was as clear as day.  I would raise, and George would reraise all-in: game, set, and match! Thus, I decided to raise enough gaming money to make sure that Howeard, in the big blind, got out of the way.  Howard folded and then boom, there came George’s roughly $80,000 sailing into the middle of the pot.

            In an instant, I had my hand turned faceup as I pushed all of my $240,000 into the middle of the pot limit omaha.  I’m not kidding when I tell you that the speed of my move, combined with the A-A that I showed George, literally made George’s friend Mike Alsaadi fall out of his chair behind George.  A rather depressed-looking George Rodis then flipped up his K-10 off suit.

So now I had $320,000 in chips and Howard had $160,000.  Great! Of course, there remained the small formality of flipping the five cards up in the middle of the table.  By the way, first place was about $220,000, second place was about $110,000, and third place was about $55,000-and I was the defending champion in this even.  There came the flop, J-J-10.  Not too bad, I thought; George only has two outs (two tens left in the deck to hit).  But the turn card was his miracle advanced stud poker.  Excuse me?  Surely an ace is coming on the river.  But no, the river was some small card, and now we all had $160,000 in chips.

            Howard Lederer had apparently been waiting for this, because he suddenly said, “Hey, Phil, for the first time in the last five hours you could go broke in one hand.  Why don’t we talk about making a deal?” Of course, Howard was right on.  From about three tables on, I had had a huge chip lead.

            At that point, feeling very vulnerable (after losing with my pocket aces) to the possibility of finishing in third place for “only” $55,000, I decided to make a deal.  I mean, if they could beat my aces, who knows what else they could beat.  (Of course, we agreed to play for a nice chunk of money for first and second places.  We just made sure that no one got less than $90,000 for third.)

            Anyway, I busted Howard in short order to take the chip lead again.  Then George and I battled back and forth for a couple of hours.  I had him all-in once, but I needed a king or a queen to win with two cards to come.  When I hit the $110,000 mark in chips, George started “sliding in” literally every hand.  I surrendered about six hands, or $20,000 in antes and blinds, to him before I finally picked up 9s-9d and called him for my last $90,000.

            Even before the cards were flopped, George said to me, in a very nice way, “It was nice playing against you, Phil, but you can’t win this hand.”  Excuse me? “George, you have Kh-8h, am I not over a 2.5-to-1 favorite to win this pot?” He replied, “Right now I just can’t lose.  Can’t you feel it coming?” Sure enough, he flopped a king-high flush with 10h-Jh-Qh, and now his people began rooting for the Ah to make him a royal flush.  Oh, brother limit hold'em.

            The turn card was a ten to give me three outs (two tens and only one nine).  Trust me, though, I still had some hope that I could win this pot.  I still believed in math, not George’s prophecy, but the last card was another small one, and a very excited George Rodis collected his first WSOP bracelet.

            Bob Lohr, Doyle Brunson, and I were out of luck.  O’Neil Longson, Yosh Nakano, Ted Forrest, and Huck Seed had dodged a bullet.  The answer to his earlier question is this: “Yes,George, you deserve to have a WSOP bracelet, but did it have to be in this event?”

 

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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