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Interesting hand with Antonio, Hanging with a Bloodhound

by Roy Winston |  Published: Apr 18, '09


I played in a cash game yesterday at the Bellagio with $25-50 blinds and a $100 ante on the big blind. The ante creates a lot more action and makes the game play like a $50-100 game. I had Antonio Esfandiari on my right, who was playing 4 out of 5 hands and at showdown turning over hands like J 6. We played an interesting hand, I was in the bog blind and there was 1 limper, Antonio raises to $350 from the small blind and I call with 6 8, as does the limper. The flop comes 6 8 K and Antonio checks. I bet $1,000 into a $1,150 pot. The original limper folds and Antonio raises to $2,200. I tank for 30 seconds and move all in for $10,000 on top of his raise. Antonio starts asking me what I have. He say's I know you have 7 9 of spades and a monster draw and I'm ahead. No way you have two pair. So he calls and we agree to run it twice. To my surprise he shows A J! Of course the first time we run it comes Q 10, the second time I hold and we chop the pot.

After the hand was over I asked him what his thought process was, he said based on pot odds he had to call if I had 7 9, and he would bet me any amount on that. There was $7,550 in the pot, and with my 10k raise $17,550, so 1.75 to 1. I ran the odds of the hand, if I did have 79, and it was 64% to 36%, and that's with me rounding in his favor, so I should have taken his bet. He got lucky twice. I ran the odds of the hand as it actually was, and it was 91% to 9% both on the flop and turn.

I left after the hand, I had to get to Jen Harmon's animal charity event, and I got to walk the red carpet with a cool bloodhound, which was a much more enjoyable experience. Don't get me wrong, I am good friends with Antonio and like him in the game, and I loved the call with ace high, but why did he have to get there? Thank god I agreed to run it twice, I would have been sick otherwise.

Roy Winston finished 16th in 2007 Card Player, Player of the Year race. He won the WPT Borgata Poker Open and finished the year with well over $2 million in tournament poker winnings. Roy plays online exclusively at Full Tilt. For more information on Roy Winston, you can visit his website: or send an email to: with your questions or comments. The contents presented herein on this blog are purely the opinions of Roy Winston, and are not intended to reflect or promote the opinions of any other person, group, or entity. If you like what I write than thanks for reading, and if not well, thanks anyway.

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