High Stakes Poker S8 E11: Koon Goes for Huge Hero Call

The latest episode of “High Stakes Poker” aired on Wednesday on PokerGO, and the same crew of players was back for more $400/$800 action with a $1,600 straddle in play right off the bat.

As always, PokerNews will take a look at five of the biggest hands over the course of play

Here were the stack sizes to end the last episode:

Player Stack
Jason Koon $508,500
Tom Dwan $419,400
James Bord $280,500
Chamath Palihapitiya $225,800
Lazaro Hernandez $225,100
Phil Hellmuth $188,100
Brandon Adams $161,600
Jake Daniels $126,100

Daniels Fires Three Barrels With Air

Jason Koon
Koon couldn’t find the call button.

To kick things off on the very first hand aired, Jake Daniels was looking at an unopened pot out of the big blind, and he kicked it up to $4,000 against Jason Koon’s straddle, holding {k-Clubs}{3-Hearts}. Koon himself had an ugly one with {10-Spades}{5-Diamonds} but opted to continue heads up and in position.

Koon flopped the better of it when {a-Spades}{6-Hearts}{10-Clubs} fell. Daniels bet small with $2,700 and Koon continued to the {a-Hearts}. Daniels put in another barrel, this time $9,100. Koon stuck around and a very interesting river fell: {a-Clubs}.

Daniels had a little over $100K left in his stack with $32K in the pot. He opted for a slight overbet of $40,000.

“Wild one,” Koon said. “A wild spot.”

He folded moments later.

Dwan Back to Bluffing Ways

Jason Koon opened for $2,000 with {k-Clubs}{j-Diamonds} and Chamath Palihapitiya made it $4,500 in the next seat with {q-Clubs}{9-Clubs}. Tom Dwan cold-called on the button with {6-Clubs}{4-Clubs}, Phil Hellmuth came along with {10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} in the small blind and Koon made it four to the flop.

Hellmuth opted to lead out on the {7-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} flop for a small bet of $5,200. Palihapitiya called but Dwan popped in a raise to $26,000.

Hellmuth took off his headphones with a smile. He cut down his chips several times then stacked them all as if ready to shove all in, but he folded a moment later. Palihapitiya needed only a few seconds to follow suit. Dwan asked for the board to be ran and it came {5-Hearts}, {2-Hearts}.

Hellmuth said he had an overpair, and Koon instantly called out his pocket tens.

“I should have just checked the flop,” Hellmuth lamented afterward.

Dwan Sticky With Rags

Tom Dwan
Dwan looked Hernandez up.

The straddle was back on and Hellmuth opened the action with $3,800 second to act with {a-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}. Laz Hernandez made it $8,500 with {a-Clubs}{k-Diamonds} in the cutoff. Dwan cold-called out of the straddle with {j-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} and Hellmuth left them heads up.

Dwan faced aggression on every street as he check-called $15,000 on {j-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{9-Hearts} then $25,000 on the {4-Spades}. On the {4-Hearts} river, Dwan checked and Hernandez bet $30,000. Dwan was getting a nice price but took some time. Eventually, he called with a roll of the eyes, but he was rewarded with a $162K pot.

Kings Versus Queens

Kings versus queens
Daniels flopped top set.

The straddle was back off for this hand, when Daniels opened to $2,200 second to act with {k-Hearts}{k-Clubs} and Koon picked up {q-Spades}{q-Hearts} on his left. That was cause for a reraise to $8,000, which was met by a four-bet to $29,000 when action folded back to Daniels.

Koon peeled and they saw a {j-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{4-Spades} flop. Daniels sized down to $14,300 and Koon stuck around for the {3-Spades} turn. Less than pot to remained to play on the {2-Hearts} river with Daniels having $128K left and $168K sitting in the middle. Daniels stuck all of that in, and Koon leaned forward and asked for the count.

“Would you even shove aces here?” he asked as he stretched. “I guess you’d need ace of spades, ace, right? Even that’s gettin kinda thin.

“You don’t even shove ace of spades, king I don’t think. I guess you could just have top set.”

He continued:

“It’s kind of a crazy spot, man. I want to believe you. You’ve gotta have a big f****** hand here. Like a big f****** hand. I mean do you even have top set? You want me to call you with worse, right? Pretty sick… I really wanna believe you, I really do.”

Finally, he slammed in a few chips but mucked to the top set, and Daniels dragged a $425K pot.

Daniels and Dwan Battle With Weak Hands

With the straddle back on, Hellmuth opened to $3,600 early with {k-Spades}{9-Spades}. Daniels three-bet to 11,500 with {a-Clubs}{9-Hearts} on the button, and Dwan cold-called with {9-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} from the straddle. Again, Hellmuth left them heads up.

Dwan improved to a flush draw on the {4-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} flop but checked it over to Daniels. He bet $8,200 and Dwan didn’t need long before raising to $30,000. Daniels peeled with his ace-high and Dwan slowed down with a check on the {q-Hearts} turn. Daniels bet $40,200. Dwan called, bringing the {10-Diamonds} on the river. He checked and Daniels took a long time before betting $90,000.

Dwan didn’t call right away, but he did drop in the requisite chips to earn the $349,000 pot.

Afterward, Daniels said he didn’t even notice the possible flush had come in.

Stacks to End the Episode

Tom Dwan $723,000
Jason Koon $555,300
James Bord $270,100
Jake Daniels $266,000
Lazaro Hernandez $200,800
Chamath Palihapitiya $191,200
Phil Hellmuth $148,000
Brandon Adams $80,300

Remember, High Stakes Poker will air every Wednesday but is only available to PokerGO subscribers. If you’re not currently subscribed, you can get a monthly subscription for $14.99, a three-month plan for $29.99, and an annual subscription for $99.99.

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