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Phil’s A-Q Gets Lucky

A beautiful river card

by Phil Hellmuth |  Published: Sep 17, 2010


OK, I may owe a gentleman out there somewhere a signed book. With four tables left in a $1,500 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament, the following hand came up. A little history: I hadn’t been winning many pots during the 90 minutes before this hand came up, but I had enough chips not to panic. With the blinds at 1,500-3,000, I opened for 8,000 from middle position with the A Q, and the gentleman in the big blind called. The flop was A J 4, the gentleman checked, I bet 6,000, and he made it 16,000 to go. I called, and the turn card was the 6. He bet 20,000, and I called. The river was the Q, he checked, and I checked. Even though the gentleman was supposed to show his hand first, I always turn over my hand quickly when I think it’s a winner, so as not to ...

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