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The Ace That Put Me on the Floor!

A dramatic exit at the Shooting Star

by Phil Hellmuth |  Published: May 28, 2010


At the Bay 101 World Poker Tour final table — with the blinds at 10,000-20,000 — I managed to get 800,000 into the pot before the flop with my Q-Q against my opponent’s A J. With six players left, and first place paying $870,000 and sixth place $120,000, the flop came down K-6-5. When a 10 hit on the turn, my young opponent now had three aces and two queens to hit to win the pot. I was about to take the chip lead; I was just one card away. I could feel it. I deserved it, as I had dominated the poker tournament for 20 hours of playing time, never being all in or even close to it. Alas, the river was an ace! I just sat there, stunned, for almost 45 seconds. Now, surely, the “old Phil” would tell the kid what the score really was. Surely, Phil ...

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