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Kid, I’ll Bet You Were There!

A well-handled bad beat

by Phil Hellmuth |  Published: Feb 01, 2011


At the $10,000 buy-in World Poker Tour Five-Diamond World Poker Classic tournament in December at Bellagio, I arrived on day two ready to rock and roll! I sat down at a table with some tough players, including Eric Baldwin, Sorel Mizzi, and Shawn Buchanan. The first thing I did was remind Mizzi that he had overplayed a hand against me at The Bicycle Casino’s WPT event a few months back. But Mizzi claimed that he wasn’t even at my table, so I said, “I’ll bet you were.” That simple little offer ended up with me betting Mizzi $5,000 to his $8,000 that he was there. Then, we called on someone else who I knew was at the table that day — Barry Greenstein — and … I lost! Somehow, I had confused Mizzi with Shane “Shaniac” Schleger! Mizzi rubbed it in more (fair enough) by using the white $5,000 Aria ...

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