In Harrington on Hold’em, one of the classics of poker literature, Dan Harrington says that you’ve made a mistake if you flop a set and don’t get all your chips in the middle.
Is that always true, though?
In our video of the week business mogul Jason Calacanis hits one of those rare sets on the flop but then somehow finds a way to fold it.
This hand comes from The Big Game, the PokerStars show that ran pretty successfully on TV a couple of years ago.
The idea was to pair up top pros with complete amateurs to generate some David vs Goliath situations.
That concept worked very well. The episodes are still being watched on a regular basis and several of the biggest players in the world showed up.
In this video wealthy businessman and web entrepreneur Calacanis clashes with two professional players -- Abe Mosseri and Doyle Brunson, the living legend of poker.
Perfect Action Flop
After some standard pre-flop action the dealer opens the perfect action flop:
Calacanis is pretty happy, having flopped middle set with his pair of tens. But when the action goes haywire, and both Doyle and Abe go all-in, his hand doesn’t look that good anymore.
The amateur takes his time and the spectators ask themselves what he’s doing, because he gets good enough odds in this hand even if he’s behind – which he isn’t.
Sometimes It's Right to Be Wrong
Calacanis does indeed open-fold his hand and Brunson and Mosseri go to showdown.
They run it twice and of course everybody asks himself how Calacanis would have done if he hadn’t folded.
The answer is, in poker, sometimes you can be wrong and still be right.