Incredible heads up between Gus Hansen and Daniel Negreanu in the biggest pot ever in high stakes poker. Hansen’s holding pocket fives while Negreanu is holding pocket sixes. The flop is 9c-6d-5h giving both player “trips” with Daniel’s set of sixes taking the lead. Negreanu bets, Hansen raises and Negreanu calls. The turn is the 5 of clubs, giving Gus quad fives and Daniel sixes over fives full. That is sick and a lot of trouble for Daniel. The river is a blank and Gus checks, Daniel bets and Gus goes all in. What a sick hand…!
What would you do if you were Daniel? Would you throw your clay poker chips in just like Daniel Negreanu and make the call? After all, what were the odds?
Of course, you can’t talk about poker or gambling music without talking about “The Gambler,” written by Don Schiltz and performed by the incomparable Kenny Rogers, winning him the Grammy Award for best male country vocal performance in 1980. The song tells the story of a meeting on a train between Rogers and an old gambler. The gambler offers him some advice in exchange for his last swallow of whiskey. After the old gambler takes the drink, he gives him this advice: “You got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away, know when to run.”
That’s great advice to keep in mind during your next poker game when you’re thinking of splashing those clay poker chips on the table. And remember, that the old gambler also said, “the secret to survivin’ is knowing what to throw away, and knowing what to keep.”