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

 

T.J.'s WSOP Hand

The 1998 World Series of Poker at Binion’s Horseshoe saw a particularly interesting hand between Kevin McBride and T.J.Cloutier.  In my view, T.J. is one of the best poker tournament players ever.  His fine record over the 1990s makes him a serious candidate for poker tournament player of the decade, and he is an obvious candidate for the Poker Hall of Fame.

            There were three players left in the tournament when this hand came up.  The blinds were $5,000-$10,000, and the ante was $2,000.  Scotty Nguyen folded his hand on the button, and Kevin McBride opened for $40,000 (a $ 30,000 raise) out of the small blind, holding Js-9s.  T.J. called the $40,000 and raised $130,000 with Kh-Qc.  Kevin then called the $130,000, and the flop came 2s-5h-6s.  Kevin checked, and T.J. moved all-in for about $400,000.  After a brief pause, Kevin called, and the card games were flipped up for the cameras and the spectators.

            seven card stud before the fourth card was turned up, T.J. began to reach for his coat.  Sure enough, the Jh came off, and now T.J. needed a queen or a king that wasn’t a spade (four outs) to stay alive in the WSOP 2000.  But the river was a blank (try saying “The river was a blank” to someone who doesn’t know poker event!), and T.J. was sent up to the camera booth with over $400,000 for his third-place finish.

            What happened here?  I don’t mind Kevin’s initial opening of $40,000 with Js-9s, and I like T.J.’s raise of $130,000 with Kh-Qc, because he probably read Kevin as being weak.  But I really don’t like Kevin’s call of T.J.’s $130,000 raise with Js-9s.  T.J. had been playing really tight, and Kevin had to know that T.J. had his own hand bad beat pre-flop.  I believe that the call there with Js-9s was just asking for trouble.

            Much worse than this $130,000 call was Kevin’s check on the flop. What was he hoping to flop?  Turns out that he flopped really well to his hand (a flush draw and two overcards), but then check-called  a $400,000 bet?  Huh?  If you’re going to call an all-in bet with a jack-high low poker drawing hand, then, of course, you should bet it, and pray to God that you don’t get called.  If Kevin bets the $400,000, then he wins the hand night poker there, without having to make anything. 

I don’t mind T.J.’s all-in $400,000 bet on the flop.  His bet would make Kevin fold any ace-rag after the flop, or even a better hand than that, like two sevens or A-J.  So he would win the pot limit hold'em against all bad hands, like J-9 off suit.  Could Kevin fold his hand after the flop?  I don’t think so; once he sees the flop, he’s committed.  (I happened to be doing the commentary during that hand, and I guess I was a bit harsh, but I was truthful.  I usually don’t have a problem with telling it the way it is!)

            By the way, Scotty Nguyen played beautiful poker play card games that day on his way to the 1998 World Champion of Poker.  Scotty was drinking Michelob beer that day, much to the dismay of a bottled-water company that was sponsoring the WSOP in 1998.  Michelob the rest of the year.  This led to Men Nguyen drinking Corona beer at the final table of the poker Tournament of Champions in 1999.  Had Men won it, perhaps Corona would have come knocking on his door!

            The fourth-place finisher in the 1998 WSOP was an old friend of mine named Dewey Weum.  Dewey had a pretty impressive record in the WSOP from 1993 to 1998.  He made the gaming money four out of five years during that stretch.  Even though I had won five world championship by 1993, many players in Madison, Wisconsin, thought poker I was the third-best poker player in Madison! From what they had seen, I was third behind Dewey Weum and Gary Miller.  Gary and Dewey outplayed me in the small pot-limit game of cards we had in Madison.  But how do you ignore five (now nine) WSOP bracelets?  It just goes to show you that the hardest place to get respect is where you live!

 

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