Poker Video of the Week: One Hand, Two Different Futures

Share:
19 March 2017, Created By: Rainer Vollmar
Poker Video of the Week: One Hand, Two Different Futures

In the long run, luck and bad luck level out in poker. If you’re a really strong player you’ll get your chance to make it to the top eventually.

At least, that’s the theory. But sometimes there are hands that pave the way for one player to soar while putting a deep dent into the career of another.

Last Hurrah for High Stakes Poker

The last season of High Stakes Poker was played in the Bellagio in 2010. It aired in 2011 and it once again presented an array of world-class players.

PokerStars was sponsoring the show at the time, which is why players like Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey and Patrik Antonius were sitting it out but PokerStars pros Vanessa Selbst and Barry Greenstein were there.

The line-up also featured living legend Doyle Brunson, David "Viffer" Peat and Antonio Esfandiari. The game was a rather sizeable $400/$800 No Limit Texas Hold’em and the players were playing pretty deep stacks.

BG1
Ahead.

A Flop Escalation

Under the gun Esfandiari raises to $2,500 with 8 7. Greenstein calls with pocket fours. Selbst and Peat also call.

The flop is perfect for two of the players and everyone in front of the TV. T 6 4 means a set for Greenstein and a straight flush/double gutshot draw for Esfandiari.

The money moves into the middle quickly and it amounts to almost $600,000. Then the dealer deals the turn and the river.

Greenstein has a theoretical advantage of 59%-41% because, even if Esfandiari hits, he’ll always have redraws. But Lady Luck is not his friend that day.

BG2
Behind.

Fork in the Road

At the time this was the biggest pot Antonio Esfandiari had ever won and it meant a big boost for his bankroll. A talented player soon turned into a participant in high roller and super high roller events.

Only one year later Esfandiari played in the first Big One for One Drop and won it for $18 million. The flip side of the coin, you ask? Greenstein wrote later that this hand “really did me in”.

He even says he didn't play a high roller event again after that. It was a hand that sent two players in two different directions. And all that despite him being a 59% favorite.

Share:
Bloggers
WSOP Blog

WSOP Blog

WSOP live blog from the tournament floor w/ poker pro interviews, photos and side action from Las

Latest Posts 's Page  
Positively Nerd Street

Positively Nerd Street

Pr0n for the poker nerd. Hardware, software, gadgets, etc; like poker, but from the future.
Latest Posts 's Page  
The Guest Blog

The Guest Blog

A menagerie of poker pros, celebrities, poker writers and industry figures.
Latest Posts 's Page  
Battle of Malta Blog

Battle of Malta Blog

Photo essays, player profiles, travel tips, off-the-cuff interviews and more from Battle of Malta!
Latest Posts 's Page