Because it is the Thanksgiving weekend we decided to play a little quick game of Texas Hold’em. It was a friendly heads-up game between me and my partner and love of my life Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris. I had pocket Kings and the flop was King – 7 – 7. I tried to trap my baby by just checking and she threw in the min bet which I, of course, snap called, thinking that now the trap was solidified.
The turn was a blank, as was the river and I knew I had her beat with my Kings over 7s boat. I splashed the pot with about a third of my stack just for value and she jumped all in. I gave her a “I’m sorry” look with a wicked smile on my face and threw in the rest of my stack, stood up ready to rake it all in. It was not to be; she destroyed me by flipping over a pair of 7s to complete her winning hand of Quad Sevens.
Watch the video below to see why our little game reminded me of the amazing poker game on an episode of Star Trek that ended with Dr. Stephen Hawking betting and Dr. Albert Einstein calling him.
Although this happened almost a year ago we thought it was worth a small walk through the memory lane of the Poker World to remind us again what a bad beat looks like. Back on the 30th of October 2016, at the Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln California, during the “Poker Night in America” Cash Game Season 5 event , Bart Hanson, with a very strong K A ran into Quad Fours of billionaire Chamath Palihapitiya
For those of you who may not know these players here is a bit about each.
Chamath Palihapitiya is a venture capitalist born in Sri Lanka, raised in Canada, and has worked for much of his life in Silicon Valley. He made it really big after joining Facebook to lead their Mobile and International user growth. He became Facebook’s longest tenured senior executive and amassed a fortune rumored to be worth $1 billion. Palihaptiya is an owner and board member of the Golden State Warriors. He has three WSOP and two WPT cashes for a total of $175,801. In 2011, he finished 101st out of 6,865 entries in the World Series of Poker’s Main Event.
Bart Hanson is a Poker coach, commentator, CrushLivePoker.com training site owner, and an excellent Professional Cash game trainer. Hanson has been producing strategy content for over seven years. He first started on PokerRoad back in 2007, moved to Deuces Cracked and has been producing a weekly poker strategy podcast ever since. Besides all that, he has commentated on several network poker shows including WSOP final tables and is the regular co-host of “Live at the Bike.” He has observed and analyzed more poker hands than almost anyone else in the poker industry. Hanson has cashed for a total of more than $690,381.
And so lastly, for your enjoyment is the video capturing all the thrill of victory and the very nasty and painful agony of defeat. That’s the game folks; always expect the unexpected at the Poker Tables.
Just four days ago we wrote about the WPT’s Legends of Poker Final Table. I was rooting for poker icon Phil Hellmuth to finally grab his first WPT Title, but to my surprise and dismay he was denied the big W once again. In heads up play, on the final hand, Art Papazyan, who was holding the chip lead, went all in with as did Hellmuth with preflop. Papazyan got a Queen of hearts on the flop which was all he needed to lock it down and grab the win for all the marbles, including $653,692 in first prize money; a $15,000.00 seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions; the Hublot watch, and best of all … the title of World Poker Tour Champion. So that was last Thursday night, which got me and my wife slightly upset, because after all we love brats and Phil Hellmuth is the Poker Brat of all time.
Then we rested a couple of days to get our heads into the upcoming football battle between our beloved Texas A&M Aggies and the infamous UCLA Bruins. Sunday rolled in and amidst all the usual pre-game hoopla we were hyped up and ready to watch our Aggies outperform the Bruins and for the first half of the game we weren’t disappointed as they ran over the Bruins with ease, taking a 31-3 lead with 4:11 left in second quarter. UCLA managed to score their first TD to make it 31-10. Not to be intimidated by that the Aggies answered immediately when Trayveon Williams ran for a 61-yard touchdown to give the Aggies a 38-10 lead late in the second quarter.
The third quarter had the Aggies score two field goals to make it 44-10. Then it seemed as if all hell must have broken loose in the Bruins game, and they started getting a lot tougher and ultimately came back and scored late in the third quarter to make it 44-17 and continued their push through the 4th. Scoring 4 TDs for a total of 35 unanswered points giving the UCLA Bruins a 45 to 44 VICTORY over our beloved but now deflated Texas A&M Aggies.
And with that, we’re heading back to the poker tables where our anxiety levels can be a lot calmer.
And thus as this year’s exciting, sometimes even thrilling, often hard to imagine what some of the thousands of adventurous players did or did NOT do, this year’s WSOP is fast coming to a conclusion, with only 22 players left out of a field of 7,721 of Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT – World Championship. And it has most definitely proven, once again, that poker is not a hobby, but after 47 years is a full-fledged competition for the title of WORLD CHAMPION of POKER.
Starting today’s report with the thrilling ride taken by Adrian Moreno that concluded yesterday at close to midnight when he overcame a field of 4391 for Event #74: The Little One for One Drop – $1,000 +111 No-Limit Hold’em. For his efforts Moreno takes home his first gold bracelet and $528,316.00.
As far as the Main Event goes, it is most definitely approaching the Final Table. As of 4:30 pm Central Time there are 22 players still breathing with the highest chip count going to John Hesp with 41.665,000 chips and the lowest belongs to, for the moment, Alexandre Reard with a tiny stack of 4.130,000 chips. The Final Nine players will earn the following amounts:
1st – $8,150,000
3rd – $3,500,000
4th – $2,600,000
5th – $2,000,000
6th – $1,675,000
7th – $1,425,000
8th – $1,200,000
9th – $1,000,000
Who are you rooting for? Right now I’m going with Ben Lamb who is currently in 9th place with 17,760,000 chips to move around.