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Poker2Nite- Season 2, Episode 8

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Tonight’s episode of Poker2Nite featured a lonely Scott Huff soloing as host, due to the illness of his cohort Joe Sebok.  While the usual playful banter between the two was definitely missed, as were Sebok’s insights into the world of poker, Huff did a solid job keeping the show moving smoothly.

The lead story was the Party Poker Big Game IV in London, which, as everyone knows by now, was probably most notable for who DIDN’T show up (Isildur1).  David “viffer” Peat was the big winner at the game, taking home a record £147,275 profit, more than four times the win of the runner-up, Jennifer Tilly, whose boyfriend, Phil Laak, also finished in the top 5 in the 48-hour cash game marathon.  The biggest losers were Roland DeWolfe (-£60,000), Luke Schwartz (-£55,000) and Justin Bonomo (-£43,025).  Despite his big loss, Bonomo said that the game was a lot of fun, and that he would definitely play in it again.
Next, Huff revealed the current top 20 in the voting for the WSOP Tournament of Champions.  The list was comprised of the following players:  Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, T.J. Cloutier, Allen Cunningham, Antonio Esfandiari, Sam Farha, Chris Ferguson, Barry Greenstein, Joe Hachem, Jennifer Harman, Dan Harrington, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, John Juanda, Howard Lederer, Daniel Negreanu, Scotty Nguyen, Greg Raymer, Huck Seed, and Erik Seidel.  Huff vigorously attacked this list, saying that, although most of these players certainly are great champions, that if this is to be a true all-star tournament, it can’t be a 2003 or 2004 all-star game, which is what this list suggests.  For example, T.J. Cloutier, although one of the great champions of all-time, has done very little in recent years, as opposed to a name prominently missing from the list, Carlos Mortensen, with both a WSOP Main Event championship and a record-tying three WPT titles to his credit.  Also, Huff noted that none of the top online players are represented on the list, and so the tourney can’t help decide whether these players are as good as the legends of live play.  Huff called for a list that represented poker as it is today, not seven years ago, and pleaded with the viewers to go and vote before the deadline passes.

Dana Workman followed with this week’s doings online, and featured a lengthy prank by Jeff Madsen, who tweeted on March 30th, “Just accepted a sick prop bet:  I have to move to Israel until the world series, no outside contact with friends, no cell phone, etc.  50K bet.”  He talked about it further for two weeks, and then posted that he had arrived in Israel, but a picture of him with Borat, saying that it was an April Fool’s joke, accompanied the message.  Workman accurately pointed out that the whole point of April Fool’s gags is that they both begin AND end on April 1st.  “If it doesn’t, you’re just a liar.”

Two questions were chosen from this week’s mailbag.  The first was “Would we ever see a major bounty tournament in which the identity of the bounty players are secret?”  Jen Harman was chosen to answer this one, and after pointing out that the whole idea of a bounty tourney is that you DO know whom it is, admitted that it would be a fun idea if it were tried.

The second question was “What is the number one key to win a big tourney such as the main event?”  Doyle Brunson was the respondent to this one, and simply said, “Be very lucky.”  He then added that he felt that luck was 95% of who wins one of those big tourneys.

Tonight’s in-studio guests were actors Kevin Pollak and Samm Levine.  Most of the interview focused on Pollak’s online chat show, to which Levine is a regular contributor.  Pollak has modeled the show on Charlie Rose’s format, but he feels that he gives the guests much more of an opportunity to respond to his questions.  The advantage of doing the show on the Internet is that there are no time restraints, as well as no censorship.  As a result, Pollak feels that they are able to obtain the most in depth interviews possible.  Levine was asked why so many actors take up poker, and he responded that it is a very strategic game, and that most people love strategy, plus it is a game that takes a lifetime to master.  Huff then asked them to pick the top Hollywood home games.  Pollak revealed that Levine played in the early days in Tobey Maguire’s home game, which has now become a game apparently played for huge stakes.  Pollak also said that Hank Azaria, of Simpsons fame, has had one of the best games in town for many years, comprised of both entertainers and “civilians.”  Pollak then competed in the weekly “On the Clock” segment, and performed dismally, getting only two questions correct, although some of the questions he was asked were much more challenging than in weeks past.  It seems as if the show is having fun with the fact that no one has been able to top Trishelle Canatella’s score from the very first week (she was even interviewed briefly on Skype about it in tonight’s episode), and the fix may be in for her to win.

The final segment was a red carpet piece at Jennifer Harman’s benefit tourney for the Nevada SPCA.  It is a cause that has been dear to Harman’s heart for a long period of time, and she once again gathered a strong collection of poker pros and celebrities to participate in the event.

Considering that it was a relatively slow week in the world of poker, the show managed to deliver a solid episode, highlighted by Huff’s strong commentary on the Tournament of Champions voting and the entertaining interview with Pollak and Levine (although I would have liked to have heard a lot more out of Levine, as Pollak dominated the conversation).  See you next week!

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