High Stakes Poker S8 E9: Ivey & Hellmuth Return to the Show


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Wednesday’s latest “High Stakes Poker” episode on PokerGO was played as $400/$800 no-limit hold’em and featured a new lineup. Among those in action were Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, and venture capitalist and former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya, just to name a few.

Below is a look at five of the biggest and most interesting hands from the new episode.

Here’s how things stacked up at the top of the broadcast:

Player Stack
Tom Dwan $300,500
Lazaro Hernandez $243,800
James Bord $208,500
Chamath Palihapitiya $203,600
Brandon Adams $202,500
Jake Daniels $200,000
Phil Ivey $199,600
Phil Hellmuth $197,600

Daniels vs. Ivey – Flopping the Nuts

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Phil Ivey on High Stakes Poker

Jake Daniels raised to $2,200 under the gun holding the a-Clubs5-Clubs and Ivey just called with the q-Diamondsq-Clubs next to act. Tom Dwan came along from the button, both blinds folded, and the flop came down 7-Clubs3-Clubsk-Clubs to give Daniels the nuts. He led out for $1,300, Ivey called, and Dwan got out of the way.

On the k-Diamonds turn, Daniels upped his bet to $7,300 and Ivey once again called. With $25,800 in the pot, the 8-Diamonds completed the board on the river and Daniels overbet it by tossing out $30,000. Ivey thought long and hard before folding and giving up on the $55,800 pot.

Ivey eyed up Daniels, who shot him a smile and then tabled his hand.

“Ooof,” Ivey responded.

The show then showed a little interview with Ivey. “I’m happy to be back. It’s a good feeling, but it’s just the beginning. I’m looking forward to playing a lot more TV events and starting to play a lot more tournaments when they come back, and just getting back out there and starting to play poker from a different perspective.”

Ivey vs. Dwan – Classic Battle

High Stakes Poker Tom Dwan
Tom Dwan on High Stakes Poker

Ivey raised to $2,500 with the k-Spades5-Spades in the cutoff and Dwan called from the small blind with the a-Diamonds5-Diamonds. After Brandon Adams folded from the big, it was heads-up action to the 5-Hearts9-Spades7-Diamonds flop, which gave both players bottom pair.

Action went check-check and the case 5-Clubs peeled off on the turn. Dwan checked, Ivey bet $2,500, and Dwan check-raised to $10,500. Ivey called and that inspired Hellmuth to chime in with, “Classic battle.”

The 3-Spades river was of no consequence and Dwan bet $21,000. Ivey called and watched the $69,600 pot pushed to Dwan, who won it thanks to his ace kicker.

Ivey vs. Adams – Set Up with the Ladies

Brandon Adams
Brandon Adams on High Stakes Poker

Ivey raised to $2,000 from the hijack with the q-Spadesq-Diamonds and Palihapitiya called next to act holding the j-Hearts8-Hearts. Dwan came along from the button with the 10-Diamonds8-Diamonds and Brandon Adams from the small blind with the a-Clubs7-Clubs. Hellmuth ditched his hand in the big blind and it was four ways to the flop, which came down 3-Clubsq-Clubsa-Spades.

Adams checked top pair with the nut flush draw and Ivey continued for $7,000 after making middle set. Both Palihapitiya and Dwan folded before Adams called to see the k-Diamonds turn. Adams checked and then called when Ivey bet $22,000.

The 5-Hearts river was not was Adams was hoping for and he checked to Ivey, who bet $50,000. Adams wasted little time in folding his hand and Ivey took down the $117,600 pot.

Not long after, the current stacks were flashed on the screen:

Player Stack
Tom Dwan $344,000
Phil Ivey $273,200
Jake Daniels $268,000
James Bord $219,900
Brandon Adams $218,500
Lazaro Hernandez $192,600
Phil Hellmuth $188,400
Chamath Palihapitiya $142,900

Hellmuth vs. Dwan – Poker Brat Gets River Value

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High Stakes Poker

Hellmuth looked down at the k-Diamondsk-Hearts under the gun, raised to $1,600, and picked up five callers, including Dwan with the k-Clubsj-Spades in the small blind. When the flop came down 6-Clubs2-Heartsj-Clubs, Dwan led out for $5,500 with top pair, Adams folded the big blind, and Hellmuth popped it to $17,000.

Action folded back to Dwan and he called to see the 8-Spades turn. Both players checked, the 7-Diamonds completed the board on the river, and Dwan checked to Hellmuth, who bet $18,000. Dwan didn’t seem excited about putting in the calling chips, but he did so nonetheless. Ship the $80,400 pot to the “Poker Brat.”

Hernandez vs. Daniels – Boat Stays Afloat

Lazaro Hernandez
Lazaro Hernandez on High Stakes Poker

In the last hand of the episode, Lazaro Hernandez raised to $2,400 from the button with the 8-Hearts8-Diamonds and Daniels three-bet to $8,000 with the k-Spadesq-Hearts in the small blind. Hernandez called and flopped a full boat when the 3-Diamonds3-Spades8-Clubs appeared on the flop.

Hernandez checked out of turn before calling a bet of $5,600 from Daniels, who turned a pair when the q-Clubs peeled off. Daniels bet again, this time $13,700, and Hernandez just called to the a-Spades river.

Daniels bet for the third time by tossing out $30,000, and Hernandez paused for a bit before min-raising to $60,000. Daniels quickly called only to muck when Hernandez tabled the full house to claim the $176,200 pot.

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