This week’s episode is the last one with the current group of players, including Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Tom Dwan, Barry Greenstein, Patrik Antonius, Andrew Robl, Lex Veldhuis and Dennis Phillips. Let’s see how the table reacted to their game coming to an end.
The players kept the mandatory $1,600 live straddle on for tonight’s episode. Antonius raised to $6,000 with A-4, Negreanu called with pocket nines, and Veldhuis then re-raised to $25,600 with J-9! However, after Antonius folded, Negreanu pushed all-in and Veldhuis was forced to fold. We were to see a lot of aggressive raising from Veldhuis all night, with variable results.
On the next hand, Phillips called with pocket jacks. Dwan then raised to $8,300 with A-Q. Robl folded his straddle with and Phillips just smooth-called the raise. Dwan hit top pair on the flop of 10-Q-5 with two spades, and he bet $15,600 after Phillips checked. Phillips called and the turn card was the . Both players checked, but when the fell on the river, Phillips led out with a bet of $33,000, causing Dwan to fold the best hand, one of the rare times that has happened in his two years on the show.
The next deal saw a multi-way pot. Negreanu called with 10-8, and was followed into the hand by Greenstein (), Ivey in the big blind with 9-4 and Robl, whose straddle it was, with K-3. The flop brought 2-6-K. Greenstein checked, but Ivey bet $5,000 with absolute air! Robl called, and the other two folded. The came on the turn, putting a third diamond on the board, and Ivey made an almost pot-sized bet of $16,000. Robl folded.
With Veldhuis now the straddler, Greenstein raised to $5,500 with Q-10. Ivey then three-bet to $18,000 with 5-2 offsuit! Veldhuis found , as well as the seemingly perfect time to raise it again, and he did, to $51,600. Greenstein folded, but Ivey asked Veldhuis what he had left, and when he found out that he still had about $140,000, Ivey pushed all-in!!!!!! Veldhuis folded, causing commentator Gabe Kaplan to call it possibly the best bluff in the history of the show.
Greenstein raised to $5,500 once again, this time with A-Q. Robl, on the button with , re-raised to $16,500, and Veldhuis made it $60,800 with A-Q, causing the other two to fold this time.
Next, Negreanu raised to $6,000 with , only to have Veldhuis make it $20,000 with A-8. Negreanu called, and then checked in the dark. The flop was 10-7-8, giving Negreanu the nuts, and Veldhuis checked behind him. The turn card was the , and when Negreanu bet $20,000, Veldhuis called with second pair. The river brought another 10, and Veldhuis paid Negreanu off to the tune of another $50,000 bet.
Greenstein tried for the triple crown when he raised once more to $5,500 with , but when Negreanu re-raised to $21,000 with 9-6 on the button, Greenstein folded once again. Kaplan compared him to a setter in volleyball, putting the ball up high for another player to spike it.
Robl now forgot to put the straddle on, and Negreanu, not realizing that the straddle was missing, raised to $6,000 with . Dwan checked to make sure that Negreanu wasn’t aware of the error, and then called with K-J. The flop of K-7-2 gave both players top pair, and Dwan called Negreanu’s bet of $8,400. A third spade, the ace, fell on the turn, and both players checked. Negreanu made the nuts when the river brought the , and after Dwan checked, Negreanu bet $26,500 into the pot of $30,800. Dwan immediately asked “Why would you bet so much?” and found the good fold. After the hand, Dwan pointedly asked, “Did you find a river, or did you find your balls?”
Negreanu raised to $6,000 with , which Phillips (A-J), Greenstein (7-7) and Antonius () all called. The flop brought 8-A-K, with two clubs. The first three players checked, and Phillips bet $14,000 into the $26,000 pot, which caused Greenstein to fold, Antonius to call and Negreanu to instantly throw away second pair. The turn was the , one of Antonius’ two outs. He bet $28,000, and Phillips made the proper lay down.
Veldhuis, who had been extremely aggressive all night, now raised under-the-gun to $7,500 with . Phillips (9-9), Ivey (A-9) and Negreanu (the straddler, with ) all called. The flop of left Phillips in the lead with his pair of nines, but all four players checked. When the hit the turn, Ivey took a shot at it with a bet of $26,000. After Negreanu folded, Veldhuis then went all-in with his open-ended straight draw! Both Phillips and Ivey folded, and Veldhuis took the pot.
Ivey now decided to book his $120,000 profit for the game and leave, and Phil Laak replaced him. With Veldhuis in the straddle, Greenstein raised to $5,500 with . When Robl found on the button, Kaplan was certain that he was going to re-raise and end the hand right there, but he just called. Robl remained in the lead on the flop of Q-10-8, and when Greenstein led out with a bet of $8,000, Robl only called once again, earning more ire from Kaplan for his failure to raise. The turn was the , Greenstein checked, and Robl bet $16,500, which Greenstein decided to call. Greenstein made his straight when the came on the river, but he decided to check, which caused Kaplan to be critical of Greenstein as well. Robl checked behind, and Greenstein took the pot.
With Phillips on the straddle, Dwan raised to $6,200 with pocket deuces. Greenstein decided to trap with pocket queens, and just called. Negreanu also called with , but Phillips re-raised to $30,500 with pocket jacks! Dwan folded, but Greenstein four-bet to $125,000! Negreanu folded, and Phillips, accurately saying “first big raise I made all night,” made the big lay down.
Tonight’s big action was once again mostly confined to some incredibly creative pre-flop play, highlighted by Ivey’s incredible bluff. With Tom Dwan and Patrik Antonius being the big winners, and Andrew Robl and Lex Veldhuis the players who lost the most, this group will be replaced next week by the third and final set of players, including Doyle Brunson and Eli Elezra, among others. See you then!
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