this is one of my most regrettable plays ever this is the most stressful hand I've ever played this hand is the most shocking poker hand I've ever played Commerce Casino around 2006 cash game myself and another professional player by the name of JC Tran identified with the style hyper aggressive and huh this hand really bothers me folded to us on the button we make it twelve hundred small blindfolds JC makes it five thousand and we both have roughly a hundred and twenty-five thousand in front of us our hand is seven seven seven of diamonds seven of Spades the flop is deuce seven seven rainbow our hand is just it's invincible JC now leads out on the flop eight thousand there's eighteen thousand two hundred out there and this is a spot that's just you're screaming to just call you want to call and allow more chips to go in the pot I didn't stay composed I actually got very excited I got a bit nervous and I rushed I just kind of grabbed the 25 and shot it up he folded huh it was a sort of what the did I just do but I just called the turn was coming the river was coming and maybe some more chips would have caught in the pot they ain't going in the pod now so this hand really bothers me I mean this hand is it's just always stuck with me and it's funny because it's it's again this is I actually won the pot I know the reason I made this play was because I lost my composure I didn't think things through and the way I like to think things through and kudos to JC because great players make you do weird things sometimes so this was just just terrible and really bothers me still I satellite it into the 10k WP main it's day one I'm planning to be playing for multiple days I'm like oh it's the best structure tournament you can play for eight days you never have to make big risks because they start you with so many chips but I find myself day one level one playing for all my chips I got dealt jacks under the gun I erased the 250 it folds to the button and he makes it 700 the big blind without thinking hard at all throws out 2k for the for bet I called and the button also calls so there's six thousand fifty chips in the pot the fall comes out Jack ten seven two diamonds Yahtzee super excited it's a big inflated pot already and I have the second best hand and I find that it's probably unlikely that either those guys have nine eight so the big blind hood for bet preflop leads out for 2k small bet one third pot it's a wet board the same bet he made preflop it's weird to bet that small it confirms that he's an amateur in my mind so I was gonna charge him even more I said I'll make it 8500 so the button folds and the big blind calls we go to the turn it's eight of Hearts so we have a four liner to the straight out there if he's holding an eye and he now beats my set of jacks and he leads out 10k that's ridiculous like the pot now we're at level 1 100 big blind we're both four hundred big ones deep and this guy wants to play for all of it we have a four liner to this straight out there if he's holding a nine he now beats my set of jacks and I have to just think does he have any nines in his range he was an amateur player and I thought that would be so weird if he for bet pre with any 9 in his range you always want to be at a table with amateurs clearly because they're going to make mistakes but you're also gonna get some real bad beats dealt your way they're unpredictable so you have to just be a good sport I decided it's more likely a bluff or semi bluff and it makes the call the river is a three of diamonds my heart just sank because if it was a semi-bluff he probably got there I'm just trying to like think of the hands I'd be and it's like narrowing by the second and he shoves all in so he put 20k into a pot and I'm now in this $10,000 event we're like I didn't have a snowball's chance to hell and playing and I'm gonna play for one hour of an eight day event so I'm physically sweating I feel sick and I'm just going through the hands and I realized that the chance of him having a nine is so small and that if he had a flush draw it would have to really just be like Ace King suited if he doesn't have a suitor than he's representing a nine he kind of changed what he was trying to represent throughout the hand and that's a good sign that's a bluff it's not coherent and finally come to the conclusion that I'm going to call and I'm gonna go home and cry if I'm wrong so I make the call and he turns over to Queens pushes him to the middle and just goes like this he didn't know if he was bluffing he didn't know if he was value betting and I scooped a massive pot and it ended up propelling me to my first main event cash April 2015 I was playing the WPT World Championship it was day four of the tournament there are seven people left I believe I was in fifth place roughly at the time of the hand so I was dealt a jack nine of clubs in the cutoff the cutoff is to the right of the dealer so you're in the second-best position on the table given my position at the table it's by far good enough hand to a raise so I raise it's a sixty five thousand the big blind was a guy named Brock Parker who it's an absolute beast when it comes to poker he probably had about three and a half million dollars in tournament earnings he called the flop came Queen Queen 9 so I had second pair as well as a straight draw definitely a lot of opportunities he checked I decided to check back I didn't think I needed to bluff him because I had two pair and I didn't see any need to bet for value because I thought that he would just fold really bad hands the turn card was a king which is definitely a really bad card for me it's an okay card for what we would call my range my perceived dream so what someone else would think I have but my actual hand it's not very good certainly have some equity given that I have a straight draw and I have a pair but uh yeah I was I was interested in seeing how things unfolded for sure it was his option to better check first and he bet a pretty hefty amount 110 thousand which is about 65 percent of the pie which is a pretty big bet some red flags went up right away it kind of looks a little bit more like a value bet than it does like a bluff there's certainly some Bluffs he has although not many to protect my hand I think I need to call here because I had some devious thoughts as to how I could win the hand later I thought I might try to bluff him on the river the river card was a for Queen Queen 9 King 4 I had Jack 9 you bet big again about 250,000 about 70% of the pot I'm led to believe that he bet so big because he had a really good hand I wanted me to call my thought process was that my hand isn't good enough to call such a large bet I have second pair with a paired board so I third pair I don't really think he's bluffing here enough to call and I don't really want to fold because that I can't win and no matter what he has and he bets the river on a what we call blank and I raise it's just so hard for me to be bluffing there's no flush draw I didn't bet the flop so when I don't bet the farm and then raise the river it looks like I was trapping in reality I shouldn't really be bluffing here ever I think that perception almost is reality in poker the way you're perceived in the way you perceive others is almost as important as the actual cards you're holding I perceived that Brock Parker would perceive that was seven people left I would never Bluff because I'm some local kid what kid who's in the first big spot of his life would ever just Bluff Brock Parker here you know is this accomplished bro so after much thought I made it seven hundred and seventy five thousand I really am just so incredibly strong here like it appears as if I have a full house every single time and he thought about it for about eight minutes which isn't poker is a pretty long time I mean it has to be a pretty big situation when you're sitting there and you're bluffing it's an attorney it was painful and there came a point where I realized that he also had a pretty large hat I was sitting there squirming doing everything I could to not give any reaction of any sort he was goading me talking to me doing everything he could to try to get anything from me and I just sat there stone-faced just as I would if I had actually not been bluffing to be fair after about eight minutes he finally folded I won that hand and it vaulted me up to like third or fourth about four hands later the guy who had just bluffed Rock Parker lost the tournament and we made the final six and I guess everything from there is history the depth of the game are kind of overwhelming I think to a lot of us and the drive to continually get better and improve involves some self-doubt and some critical looks at yourself poker is a grind like hard work has to be number one that's what makes a good poker player and after that it's just being someone who can be on an even keel no matter what happens to you the number one thing I would suggest to someone or the advice I would give is that you get what you get in this game the guy who studies the hardest and works the hardest and really grinds is usually the one who ends up with all the money you

Poker Players Replay Their Most Memorable Hands | The New Yorker

26 thoughts on “Poker Players Replay Their Most Memorable Hands | The New Yorker

  • June 2, 2019 at 9:52 am
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    The JJ woulda been in the muck if i was sitting their. But i am a different human, woulda played it differently.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 9:52 am
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    notice the guy who has the highest live earning talked about a hand he played incorrectly, not one that he did well with. I think that says a lot about how critical winners are of themselves.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 9:52 am
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    How do you even play it?

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  • June 2, 2019 at 9:52 am
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    2nd hand I'd be folding to the 4bet if the BB is a typical amateur. Typically rec live players will have just QQ+,AKs and sometimes even tighter in that spot. I think betting the flop and then calling the raise makes anything except QQ+,AdKd pretty unlikely. Leading the turn probably takes out most of KK and AdKd as well. I think I'd be raising the turn because rec players will most likely never fold their AA or QQ there. Not too bad to call down though either. I think AA is the most likely hand on the river followed by QQ.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 9:52 am
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    THERE'S A POKER TOURNAMENT??!!!

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  • June 2, 2019 at 9:52 am
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    9:07 this is horrible analysis…there are so many drawing hands where MOST players would try to rep a big hand on the river…just bad.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 9:52 am
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    chick cold called a 4bet with JJ. Easy fold.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 9:52 am
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    I got a MasterClass ad involving poker

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  • June 2, 2019 at 9:52 am
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    Outstanding Video

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  • June 2, 2019 at 9:52 am
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    For Jamie the big blind was making a c bet so actually not an amateur, he bet 2,000 pre flop and he c bet the same amount on the flop with is a continuation bet, I sound confusing I’m sorry, but in some cases yeah he is an amateur because he had overload queens with a wet board m, so in that situation, he should’ve checked

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  • June 2, 2019 at 9:52 am
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    Are they even speaking english?

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  • June 2, 2019 at 9:52 am
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    Once all in'd at the start for shits. Knocked 3 people out. But hey video game AI doesn't always know what to do in that situation

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  • June 2, 2019 at 9:52 am
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    anyone else wondering why this is in their recommendations?

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  • June 2, 2019 at 9:52 am
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    my most momorable hand : it was the first hands of the game
    on the board 3-4-5-4-? (useless last card)
    I had 3-3 on 1v1 I raise 20BB (100BB game)
    my friend (super agressiv) all in, I call ,so I was super happy

     but then I see 5-5
    I got instant eliminated

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  • June 2, 2019 at 9:52 am
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    The story the woman told was AMAZING. A complete dunce tripped his way into a near-victory. Great story

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  • June 2, 2019 at 9:52 am
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    Lol the woman's story tho, sometimes witj amatour poker players such as myself it happens that we dont see a possibility of a straight or a flush, they guy had a pair of queens he didnt realise that a 9 could beat his hand easily and he thought to himself even if she has a jack its still lower than my pair of queens, he also forgot to realise that she could have 2 jacks, anyways the dude had a good chance of winning 😀

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  • June 2, 2019 at 9:52 am
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    the frustration is REAL

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  • June 2, 2019 at 9:52 am
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    If you call yourself a Pro Poker Player, you should probably get gambling help.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 9:52 am
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    gotta love them youtube recommendations, watch the whole vid

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  • June 2, 2019 at 9:52 am
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    Girls can’t play a men’s game

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  • June 2, 2019 at 9:52 am
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    I'm really bothered by the fact that the third hand didn't show the opponent's cards. Was he bluffing or did he really have a strong hand?

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  • June 2, 2019 at 9:52 am
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    People need to learn Poker

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  • June 2, 2019 at 9:52 am
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    lots of shop talk. if you know poker this is very enjoyable to watch.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 9:52 am
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    8 minutes jesus christ haha

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