High Stakes Poker Season 5: Episode 6

I believe that I have already publicly declared my love for this show on many occasions as this is about as close to perfect as poker gets to me on the small screen.

There really is everything, tale talk, history, bluffing, prop bets, huge suck outs and some really creative ways to play hands.

There are only a few people in the world that play this kind of deep stack poker really, with blinds of $500/$1,000 you really need to have your game together to pull up a chair and start stacking chips. The 20 buyin rule would suggest you have around a $4 million dollar poker bankroll to properly sit in a game this big. That alone would keep even a lot of the best players in the world away from the game.

 The other limiting factor is cohones. Yeah I said it, you need a big set of brass ones to get into a game this big. Not everyone can do it, even if you have the cash.

When you talk to the top pros they will tell you that you need to think in terms of chips and not money to play at stakes like that. I wonder if they felt the same way I did as they moved up levels. I certainly have had a hard time adjusting to the stakes as they get higher in both the home game and online. I played like a little girl the other day as I moved up to the next level online even though I have way above the bankroll to play at the game. I guess it is just that I am so used to seeing a certain dollar value that I always think that the best are so more imposing at the new level.

The brings us to the hand of the night from Episode 6, which was so dubbed the durrrrstein war by Gabe and AJ.

If you have been following along at home you will know that earlier in the season durrrr had his aces cracked by Barry when Greenstein picked the wrong time to push back at Dwan and got lucky to hit his two pair, then go on to make a kind of goofy speech that “math is idiotic” for all the “kids on the Internet” gee thanks Barry.

So the table is set, the appetizer is served and here comes the main course.

It starts with Peter Eastgate picking up AK and raising it to $3,500

Barry picks up AA and pops it up to $15,000

Dwan has KQ of spades and calls, and so does Peter making the pot $47,500

Flop comes 42Q with the 42 of spades, giving Dwan top pair and a flush draw, thats a pretty good flop for durrrr and he makes it $28,700 to see if anyone else likes the flop.

Eastgate folds and Barry raises it up to $100,000 all day.

Dwan thinks for a while and pops that up to $244,600

Barry come over the top to $436,100 and durrrr calls making the pot $919,600

Now the odds of each player winning here are 50/50 a coin toss really, I have a hard enough time shipping my money in the middle when I know I am ahead for fear of getting sucked out, can you imagine doing it with almost half a million dollars?

Anyways, I won’t spoil the ending for you because it doesn’t really matter for this story, the real point is that you have to play the odds and play the hands like you only had a Starbucks coffee worth of money in front of you or you are never going to be a winner in this game. You need respect for money, but you can’t play scared.

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