“Poker After Dark” aired its latest episode on Monday, featuring $50/$100 no-limit hold’em with a $100 big blind ante and the title “Not About Nick,” a reference to sometime commentator Nick Schulman who moved from the booth to the felt. Tons of hands were crammed into the 45-minute episode, which you can watch in full at PokerGO.
In lieu of that, here are a few highlights from the show, which featured bluffing and straddling aplenty, and consequently didn’t lack for action.
Quads Early on
With the straddle on, Matt Berkey opened for $600 in the cutoff with and Terry Fleischer reraised to $2,100 holding on his left. James Bord called with in the big blind and everyone else cleared out.
Bord flopped very little on but nonetheless check-called a small bet of $1,100. He found a backdoor draw on the that left him drawing dead, but he bet out $3,000. Fleischer slid in three stacks of chips to call, and he had only about $3,500 left to play on the river.
Bord gave it up after missing and folded to Fleischer’s jam.
Bord Bluffs All-in
Schulman opened for $400 in the cutoff with and Bord made it $1,500 with on the button. Jeremiah Williams woke up with and fired in a cold four to $4,500 out of the big blind.
Only Bord continued with him to the flop. Williams continued for $4,000 and the bet had barely been released before Bord said he was all in. He had about $17K in his stack with Williams covering.
“Come on, you didn’t even think about it,” Williams said with a smile.
“I don’t mind what you do,” came the response.
Williams pursed his lips and folded after a moment, and Bord showed.
“Argh, I’m the worst player ever,” Williams said with a shake of the head.
Overbet Bluff from Schulman Works
Schulman opened under the gun for $400 with , Bord called on his left with , and Scott Ball squeezed to $1,800 with .
They went three ways to for that price and Ball continued for $2,000. Only Schulman peeled, and the checked through to a river.
With just shy of $10K in the middle, Schulman led out for $13,500. Ball let it go pretty quickly.
Fleischer Runs into the Blades
Action folded to the button, where Williams opened for $300 with . Fleischer made it $1,500 in the big blind with and faced a four-bet to $4,300. Fleischer peeled, leaving only $7,000 or so back with $8,750 in the middle.
Both players had to like the flop. Fleischer liked it enough to open-jam for $7,025 and Williams quickly called, offering to run twice and saying he had aces.
“Once is fine,” Fleischer said with a defeated smile. “If I get lucky, I get lucky.”
He did not, as Williams ran out a wheel to boot and scooped a $22,800 pot, forcing Fleischer to reload.
The Seven-Deuce Game
The players agreed early on to run what’s known as the seven-deuce game, meaning anyone who won with poker’s acknowledged worst hand would earn an extra payoff from everyone else.
A relevant moment came up with Bord opened for $300 with in the cutoff and Ball three-bet to $1,200 with on his left. Bord came back with $5,000 and Ball opted to see the flop.
It came and Bord immediately announced all in. He had about $18K left and Ball quickly dumped his worthless hand.
“Pay me,” Bord said, flipping over his rags.
Everyone tossed over what looked to be $1,500, making for a handsome payout for the blasting Brit.
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