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Poker2Nite - Season 2, Episode 5

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Joe Sebok, Scott Huff and Dana Workman were back for another episode of Poker2Nite with, shocker, male guests only!  Tony G and Prahlad Friedman were the headliners, as this week’s review of all things poker (and a few other topics) kicked off its fifth episode of the season.

In the news of the week, Carlos Mortensen tied Gus Hansen’s record of three World Poker Tour championships by winning the Hollywood Poker Open (in Indiana, of all places) and taking down the first prize of $393,280, which put him past Daniel Negreanu for first place in all-time WPT winnings and past TJ Cloutier for 10th in all-time poker tourney winnings.  This led to Huff asking Sebok whether we really should start considering Mortensen as the greatest tournament no limit Hold’em player in the world.  After all, he AVERAGES $100,000 for every WPT tourney he enters, which is an astonishing figure!  Sebok suggested that, when focused, Phil Ivey has to be considered the best player, but that Mortensen is certainly within the top three or five, and, given all that he has accomplished (Main Event WSOP champion, three WPT titles, etc.), he remains seriously underrated in the world of poker.

At the same time Mortensen was taking down the WPT title, Allan Baekke was winning the EPT Snowfest tourney, which caused Huff to ask whether there was enough money in the poker economy to support all these tournaments?  Sebok clearly stated that poker is here to stay, and while something like the WSOP circuit events might have trouble competing, there is plenty of money and players to support multiple events happening at the same time.  They did note that the Snowfest tourney mixed skiing and poker, and that innovations like that were going to continue to be important in order to sell competitions.

Speaking of innovative events, a combination charity tournament and skiing event was held to raise money for the V foundation.  The winner was Derek Farrington, who pledged half of his winnings to the foundation.  Sebok commented on how impressive it is that the poker community members keep increasing the number of charity tournaments that they are involved with.  Jen Harman’s event to benefit the Nevada society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, as well as the annual Ante Up for Africa are just around the corner, and naturally, Sebok made mention of his dad Barry Greenstein’s continuing donations of tournament winnings to charity.

This episode’s Skype interview featured Tony G., speaking on the issue of the identity of poker’s latest mystery man, online player Isildur1.  Huff and Sebok tried quite directly to get Tony to reveal Isildur1’s identity, but he refused.  He also wouldn’t confirm the rumor that he was backing Isildur1 online.  The G had originally guessed that Isildur1 was Viktor Blom, but later backed off on that guess.  He said that, once he found out whom Isildur1 actually was, that he agreed not to speak about it publicly.  Sebok asked if Isildur1 was under 21, and the G confirmed not only that he was, but also that he was Swedish.  When asked whether he would stake Isildur1 at the Bellagio’s big game, Tony replied that he has never found much value in that game, and that he would rather stake Isildur1 when there is more value to be found.

Dana Workman then followed with the Internet wrap-up and viewer’s mailbag segment.  It must have been a slow week, because the big news was that Jennifer “Jennicide” Leigh is making a comeback.  Workman showed a video feed of Jennicide, clearly indicating that viewers were more likely to be staring at her breasts than listening to her speak.  After the video clip, Workman fired off a series of stale breast “Freudian slips” in case anyone wondered what the focus of the piece was supposed to be.

The first mailbag question was the following: “Ace King has been my most deadly hand lately… If there is a raise and re-raise in front of me, should that be an instant fold because of the possibility of K-K or A-A?  And if I’m the first one to raise and get called by one or two people and don’t hit, should I try to steal the pot with a continuation bet if I’m first to act?”  

Antonio Esfandiari was chosen to answer the question, and he said that the answer is situational.  There are times in a tournament where the blinds are getting high and you may not have the biggest stack where you just have to jam your chips in the pot with A-K, and there are other times where you are playing very deep stacked and should fold.  As to the continuation bet question, he prefers making the bet most of the time, simply because the likelihood is that the other players also missed the flop, and you will take it down right there with a bet.

The second question was “Do you see WSOP events ever taking place online, or at least circuit events?”  This one was answered by Brandon Cantu, who stated that he doesn’t think it’s a good idea, and, in fact, doesn’t even like the idea that the WSOP has expanded to Europe, as he prefers the purity of the Vegas event.

Tonight’s in-studio guest was Prahlad Friedman, who enjoyed another deep run at the WSOP Main Event in 2009.  When asked whether he has changed his style in recent times, Friedman replied that he has had to shift away from being as “wild and maniacal” as his reputation suggests.  He feels that, by becoming less “bluffy,” his reputation has allowed him to get paid off more often with big hands.  After the requisite “On The Clock” segment, in which Friedman, like Jeff Madsen before him, could not remember the name of the player whom he defeated heads-up for his WSOP bracelet, we were treated to video of Friedman attempting to break Steve Nash’ record of 21 free-throws in 60 seconds, using one ball and one rebounder.  Friedman managed to sink 23, and then challenged Nash to try and beat him.  Who says poker players aren’t good at anything else?

See you next week for a review of the next episode of Poker2Nite!

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