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Magical Spades or Ugly Spades?

A sick hand

by Phil Hellmuth |  Published: Mar 01, 2010


Recently, I was playing in a monstrous $400-$800 blinds no-limit hold’em game. After Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari limped in from under the gun, another player limped in, and I limped in with the K 2 from the cutoff (one position to the right of the button). The flop was 7 6 5; the player in the big blind bet out $5,000, The Magician called, and I called. The turn card was the 8, which looked pretty magical to me, as I had made the second-nut flush. The player in the big blind checked, The Magician bet $10,000, and I opted to call. The other player folded, and the last card was the 3. Now, The Magician bet $30,000, and I decided to just call while saying, “Well, I cannot fold, and I’m not going to raise it.” The Magician showed the A Q, and I thought to myself, “So sick, ...

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