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Everyone is talking about the great comeback of Poker After Dark and Tom “durrr” Dwan. That’s why we have decided to analyze the two biggest pots seen from the premier.
The first episode featured Tom “durrrr” Dwan, Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Doyle Brunson, Andrew Robl, Matt “Aussie Matt” Kirk, Jean Robert Bellande, Bill Klein, and Lauren Roberts.
The player clearly left his mark and crushed it on the new Poker After Dark episode from the first hand.
He was playing well and running well too, a combination which is disastrous for his opponents.
They played a 6-max cash game with a minimum buy-in of $100,000, but many players bought in for $200,000 to $500,000.
The blinds were $200/$400, plus a $400 button ante and an optional straddle and re-straddle. The $400 button ante especially proved to create a lot of action.
In this hand Antonio opened the action UTG with pocket kings and a raise to $2,200. Daniel Negreanu 3-bets with pocket queens from the button to $7,000.
Tom Dwan now finds pocket aces in the big blind and 4-bets to $14,000. The action comes back to Esfandiari, who 5-bets to $41,600.
Now Daniel has a very tricky spot with his queens. After the 5-bet from Esfandiari he is at best flipping against A-K, but is most likely facing Aces or Kings. He decides to make the call. Potsize: $96,800.
Music to the ears of Dwan, who still sits there with the nuts. Tom takes his time and then 6-bet ships all-in for $328,000.
Antonio sighs, says: “The days he folded Kings preflop are long gone” and calls all-in.
However, in my opinion he should have taken a little bit more time. If there is ever a spot, where you actually can fold Pocket Kings preflop, then it is after somebody 6-bets all-in, when you have 5-bet.
He has to think, what hands Dwan does that with and there are only two of them, namely Pocket Kings and most likely Pocket Aces. Even Pocket Queens and Ace-King are very unlikely after a 6-bet all-in.
Nevertheless, this is just a huge cooler and very, very difficult to ever get away from especially against aggressive players like Dwan.
Action is now back on Daniel, who correctly folds his queens, which is an easy fold after this action.
They agree to run it twice, but Tom wins both runouts and scoops a $697,100 pot!
You can watch the video of the hand here:
After a straddle and re-straddle, Lauren Roberts opened from the cut-off with 9s-8s to $5,000 and Bill Klein finds Aces in the small blind.
He 3-bets to $14,000 and both Kirk (with Ah-4h) and Roberts call. Potsize: $44,400.
Flop: The flop of 4c-5s-4d spells disaster for Klein, but he obviously goes ahead and makes a continuation bet of $30,000. Kirk now decides to raise to $75,000. A great raise as his hand is very disguised and it helps him to get all the money into the pot if Klein happens to have a big overpair.
Now it gets interesting and this is the point in the hand where Klein, in my opinion, makes a big mistake. He 3-bets to $175,000.
Both are very deep (around 1,000 Big Blinds) at that point and 3-betting here doesn’t makes any sense for three reasons:
Aussie Matt just calls and gives Klein rope to hang himself. Potsize: $394,400.
Turn: The turn is the 2h, which doesn’t change much.
Action is on Klein and with a stack of $297k he has less than a potsize bet behind.
And this is where he makes the second mistake, he ships it all-in. Again Klein has to ask himself, which hands called his 3-bet to $175,000 on the flop and when analyzing the hand correctly, only 55, 44 and 4x remain.
Matt obviously snap-calls and is a 88% favorite to win the hand. The river 9h doesn’t change anything and Aussie Matt ships the biggest pot of the first Poker After Dark episode worth $979,600.
If Klein would have just called the reraise from Kirk on the flop and then either called down or folded against a shove it would have saved him a lot of money.
Watch the 1 Million Dollar Pot here:
The second episode of the new Poker After Dark season, which starts tonight, is called “Voices carry” and will feature trash talkers William Kassouf and Mike Matusow, as well as Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov.
This time tournament players are in for a treat as they will play a $25,000 Sit and Go.
Here’s the full overview of this week’s lineups:
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