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

 

Dan Harrington’s Big Break?

I’ll never forget what happened to Dan Harrington at the 1995 WSOP.  Up until that time, Dan hadn’t put much energy into playing tournaments, and was primarily known for playing really tight in the no-limit Hold’em poker game side games.  This all changed, though, in 1995.

            Dan was headed home to Los Angeles when at the last minute he entered and won a super satellite for WSOP, giving him the $10,000 buy-in seat for the “Big One.” It would be starting on Monday, and since Dan was already going to stay in Vegas to play the Big One, he decided that he might as well play in the $2,500 buy-in no-limit Hold’em tournament on Friday.

            With about poker seven tables left in Friday’s event, I happened to be at Dan’s table and witnessed the following hand.  I have often wondered what historical implications this hand held for Dan.  After all, not only did he end up winning this most interesting hand, he then proceeded to win Friday’s poker tournament (his first WSOP victory), and then went on to win the World Championship that year.  If Dan had lost this pot limit omaha, would he have then won the 1995 WSOP?  In any case, history would have taken a different path; and momentum can be a strong thing.  All of history can change with a single flip of a card.  Just ask T.J. Cloutier and Chris “Jesus” Ferguson!

            Now that you know Dan won this hand, let’s talk about what happened, and how the hand came up.  With the blinds at $100-$200 and a $25 ante, player A opened the pot for $900 with J-J in early position.  Player B called the raise with 8-8 in late position, and then  Dan called the $900 and raised about $2,000 more with Ad-Jd.  Player A knew how tight Dan played b(Dan had a reputation for playing supertight poker), and because of this he threw away his pocket jacks right then and there. Player b decided to call Dan’s $2,000 raise.

            The flop came 9-6-2, and then Dan moved all-in for about $6,500.  Player B made a great call with his 8-8, and showed his pocket eights faceup.  Dan nodded as if to say, “That’s good.”  The next card games off was a three, and then the river was the last jack in the deck, giving Dan a pair of jacks and the winning poker hand.

            As Ted Forrest would say, “What the heck is going on?” Think about the sequence of events that had to occur for Dan to come out on top! First of all, Dan had to reraise with a relatively weak Ad-Jd.  Second, player A had to fold his pocket jacks.  Third, player B had to call the raise with pocket eights.  Fourth, Dan had to move all-in with absolutely nothing on the flop.  Fifth, player B had to call Dan’s all-in bet spooky hand.  And finally, Dan had to catch the miracle card to win the pot-his outs were one jack and three aces (he was about a 5-to-1 underdog).  Add to all of the above the fact that Dan then went on to win his first major poker tournament that day, and then proceeded to win the Big One.

            From leaving town, to winning a super satellite, to winning this crazy pot, to winning the $2,500 buy-in no-limit Hold’em event on Friday, and finally, to winning the World Championship the following Thursday bluff.  Wow, what a parlay! I don’t exactly know what happened that hand or that week.  Was it fate?  Was it coincidence?  Who knows? I do believe this much: if Dan had lost that pot (which would have eliminated him from Friday’s tournament), I don’t believe he would have won the World Championship that year.  One pot, one card, and the rest, as they say, is history.  What a chain of events.  Maybe it’s just life-c’est la vie!

 

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