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Phil Gets Lucky

Day six of the WPT Championship

by Phil Hellmuth |  Published: Jul 09, 2010

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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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