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

 

Phil's WSOP Win Number Eight

In the 2003 World Series of Poker’s $2,500 buy-in limit Hold’em tournament, I found myself heads-up with Young Chan.  In 2001, I was heads-up with Scotty Nguyen in Omaha Eight or Better (O 8B) with a chance to win my eighth title; I lost. 

In 2002, I was heads-up with Johnny Chan in no-limit Hold’em poker games with a chance to win number eight; I lost (instead, Chan won number seven to tie me).  This time I needed to win! Especially since I knew that I was at the peak of my poker powers.  Unfortunately, I don’t seem to reach that peak too often, so that when I do, I need to forge ahead with guns blazing poker high low!

            I was play poker card games great poker, and I was ready to win, but Young Chan wasn’t going for it!  Back and forth we battled, 100 hands, then 200 hands, then we crested 300 hands of heads-up poker, and neither of us would back down.  We were playing $3,000-$6,000 limit stud when the following hand came up; it would give me the confidence to win-and perhaps take a little steam out of Young Chan’s sails.  I raised with K-10 off suit before the flop, and the flop came down 2s-4s-7h.

            Young checked, and then I bet out $3,000.  Now he check-raised me, making it $6,000 to go.  I checked my hand to see if it held a spade, in case two spades came on the next two cards.  I didn’t have a spade, but decided to call the $3,000 bet anyway. The next card games was the 7d, for a board of 2s-4s-7h-7d, and now Chan bet out $6,000.  I felt the right play was to fold (Chan could have me beat with any pair or ace high, or have me crushed with trip sevens), but something inside me said, “Now is the time to call, you have the best hand: Young has a straight draw or a flush draw.  Phil, don’t blow this opportunity.”

            Finally, I decided to trust my instincts, and called the $6,000 bet (in my mind, I believed Young had a straight draw of some sort, like 6-8).  The last card was the 9s, for 2s-4s-7h-7d-9s, and Young bet out $6,000 again.  The flush had hit! Now I could beat only a busted straight draw.  But I thought that was exactly what Chan had, so I called the $6,000 bet without too much hesitation.

            When Young rapped the table, meaning that he was bluffing, I jumped out of my seat.  After all, this was a supertough call, and I had made it!  I heard the Internet announcer-Mark Seif-in the background saying, “Incredible.  I mean what a great call Phil Hellmuth just made with king high.  The flush hit, the pairs were there, in fact he couldn’t beat anything but a busted straight draw, yet he called with K-10 high!” I’m sure that Young heard that as well high low poker.

            When you make a great call like that, it shows you that your instincts and reads are dead-on, and it gives you some confidence in your style of play.  It can also demoralize your opponent a bit.  But to Young’s credit, I didn’t see him lower the level of his play very much at all.

            Later on, at the $4,000-$8,000 limit, I had Young down to $22,000 and all-in with 4d-5h, up against my 4-4.  It came all red, and the last card made Chan a flush.  Next hand, Chan had A-4 to my 10-9, and I flopped a flush draw, and missed; Young now had $88,000 again! The third hand, however, proved to be a monster monkey poker.

            Young made it $16,000 to go with what he later said was A-8, and I made it $24,000 to go with A-Q.  I bet the flop of 10-8-4, and Young called.  A queen hit on the turn, and I decided that Young would bet if I checked here.  I checked, and Young came out firing, with $16,000, and I check-raised, making it $32,000 to go.  I noticed that he had only $24,000 left, so I announced, “I bet $16,000 in the dark.” The river was an ace, for a board of 10-8-4-Q-A, and now Chan called me quickly.  (By the way, if he had A-8, then his not raising here turned out to be a great move!) I flipped my hand faceup and collected the pot limit omaha!

            It was all over the next hand when Young and I were all-in in the dark, his 6-2 to my 6-4, and a turn four gave me my eighth WSOP Championship. It would have tied me for the all-time record, but Doyle Brunson had won number nine one week earlier. Oh well, at least I gave myself some breathing room against Johnny Chan, at least for three days, until he won number eight to tie me.  A few days later Chan won number nine to pass me! A week after that I won number nine! Finally, after all these years, I had caught Doyle.  Chan, Doyle, and I are all knotted up at nine WSOP wins after the 2003 WSOP.

            But I’m not rooting against anyone else in poker event.  Doyle’s winning number nine, at age 70, is terrific; go, Doyle go! And Chan’s winning numbers eight and nine, Ferguson’s winning poker numbers four and five, and Seidel’s winning number six is great theater and drama for poker and the WSOP! Boys, I’ll race y’ll race to 24!

 

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