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Phil Gets Lucky

Day six of the WPT Championship

by Phil Hellmuth |  Published: Jul 09, 2010


At the WPT (World Poker Tour) Championship, this hand came up on day six, when we were playing down to the final six players. With the blinds at 15,000-30,000 and a 3,000 ante per player, and nine remaining players, I opened from under the gun for 80,000 with J-J. Here’s a brief history: I had been anteing/blinding off my chips (playing almost zero hands), when I opened with 6-5 offsuit and everyone folded. The very next hand, I picked up A-J and opened again, and everyone folded again. Now, I looked at J-J and opened, so this was the third hand in a row that I opened the pot with a raise. Right behind me, Nikolay Evdakov made it 200,000 to go. I called, the flop came Q-9-8, I checked, and Evdakov moved all in. I had 345,000 left, and studied for a while. Finally, I called, and Evdakov tabled ...

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