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

 

Noel Furlong Versus Huck Seed

he following spectacular and mind-numbing hand pitted Huck Seed against Noel Furlong at the 1999 World Series of Poker’s final table.  In 1999, Huck Seed was arguably the best no-limit Hold’em player in the world.  Huck was listed ahead of all of us on the odds sheet that year.  By the way, another of the world’s best no limit Hold’em players, Erik Seidel, was at the table as well.

            Anyway, I bet $4,000 on Huck to win going into the last day at 4.75 to 1.  With six players left on the final day of the WSOP , Huck Seed doubled his $4000,000 to over $800,000 in the first 10 minutes of play. I really thought poker he was on his way to the title when he doubles up so early.  Within 20 minutes of the start of play poker card games, the following hand came up.

            With the blinds at $10,000-$20,000 and the antes at $3,000 a hand, Huck “just” called $20,000.  Noel Furlong then raised $80,000, making it $100,000 to go on the button.  When it was Huck’s turn to act, he said, “I’m all.” The crowd noise rose, because everyone knew that Huck had just called the $80,000 and reraised over $700,000 advanced stud.  But even before the gasps began, Noel – with $1.5 million in chips-calmly said, “I call.”  Noel had decided to call Huck in less than one second.  Huck then said, “Good call.”

            The noise level was way up now, especially after the hands were turned faceup hold'em poker game.  Huck had Jd-8d and Noel had Ah-3h! I heard someone say, “I wouldn’t expect to see such junk in even a super satellite, let along the WSOP.” Good point.  Even in a super satellite (a $100 buy-in poker tournament with rebuys), I never see such weak hands put in all the money.  What the heck happened here?

            One unnoticed fact was that Noel had been on Huck’s left for three straight days.  Huck told me, late on day three, that Noel hadn’t let him make a move in two days.  Huck was very leery of Noel, but expected Noel to make a mistake soon enough gaming money.  Noel had confided to his friends, “I haven’t let that guy breathe in two days.” Everyone expected them to play a big pot eventually, because they were two of the most aggressive guys at the table limit stud.

            At first glance, it looks like Huck’s play was weak.  Why risk all of your chips against a loose cannon like Noel with no hand?  But wait a minute! Hadn’t Huck correctly read Noel as being weak?   In fact, Noel’s hand was so weak that it looks as if-at first glance, anyway-he made a worse call with his $700,000.  In fact, Huck Seed had made a great move to raise all of his chips in this spot.  The only thing that he hadn’t counted on was that Noel had read Huck as well as Huck had read Noel.

            Why would you want to call a $700,000 reraise with the Ah-3h?  The problem with that hand, of course, is that you are in bad shape if your opponent has a real hand.  You’re a 2.5-to-1 underdog if Huck has a pair over twos, or even A-K or A-big.  Even if your opponent is bluffing with, say a K-Q, you are still only about 3-to-2 favorite in this spot.  Why not just fold and wait for a better spot?

            Give Noel a lot of credit.  He knew that Huck was bluffing, and that he might not get a better spot to play a pot against Huck the rest of the tournament.  Huck Seed is a great player who won’t give anyone too many openings.  Noel took the one opening he had had against Huck in two days.  He simply coty award.

            After a lot of thought on the hand, I realized that I wouldn’t have called Huck even if I knew he was bluffing.  I believe I would want to get down to the final two or three players before really playing any huge pots, especially when I was holding over $1.5 million in chips.  But I’m assuming that I, too, am among the best no-limit Hold’em tournament players in the world today.  With that mindset, I don’t mind folding the best hand, because I think I would win the tournament later anyway.

            If you assume that Huck is a better no-limit Hold’em player than Noel, then Noel made a great call European poker tour.  Why not just be 3-to-2 favorite over Huck for all his money and perhaps get rid of him great call.  With a flop of A-Q-3, it was all over for Huck, and Noel took his commanding chip lead “all the way.”

            In fact, I was really impressed with the way Noel moved his chips and made his decisions the last two days of the WSOP.  It is really something to watch a World Champion at the top of his game of cards.  It seemed as if he was never really in trouble at any time during the last three days of the tournament, and that’s the way to win the WSOP.

 

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

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