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World Series Of Poker: Mike Sowers Explains 'Craziest Hand I've Played, Maybe Ever' That Resulted In His Elimination And Dealer Firing

Poker Pro Given Refund After Bizarre Bustout Hand

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Poker pro Mike Sowers, who has played thousands of tournaments in his lifetime, had one incredibly bizarre hand happen to him about a week ago at the 2013 World Series of Poker. He said it’s “the craziest hand I’ve played, maybe ever.”

According to Sowers, right after a new dealer came to the tournament table, he was dealt pocket nines and raised from the under-the-gun position to 200, and the guy to his immediate left three-bet to 525, and another player called. Sowers called as well.

The flop came 9Heart Suit 8Heart Suit 7Heart Suit, giving Sowers top set.

Sowers checked, the re-raiser checked, and the third player bet 800. Sowers check-raised, making it 2,600, and the player in the middle folded. The third player put Sowers all in for about 5,500. Sowers made the call for his tournament life.

His set was tabled, and the other player exposed the QHeart Suit QClub Suit, and had a flush draw.

Sowers remembered: “The dealer looked at me and said, ‘Sorry man, bad beat.’ And I looked at him and was like, ‘You know I have the best hand, right?’ And again he just said, ‘Sorry man, bad beat.’ And then the turn brought the 6Heart Suit, and the river the QDiamond Suit, and I’m just sitting there, looking at [the dealer]…at this point I am kind of flustered.”

After the bust, Sowers said he exited the tournament room and later heard from one of his former table-mates that the dealer “was laughing and said he didn’t even shuffle the deck.”

Sowers returned to the Rio after hearing that, and he talked to the floor staff. He later talked to tournament director Jack Effel, who runs the show, and he gave Sowers a refund.

“[Jack] still never told me what happened, but something had to have happened,” Sowers said. “They had to see something on the camera. They told me they didn’t even look at the cameras, but I don’t think that’s true.” According to Sowers, the dealer was fired.

 
 
 
 

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viper11
almost 8 years ago

Does he not have 9's full?

 
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viper11
almost 8 years ago

Never mind.

 
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Ritchie
almost 8 years ago

Lmao I thought the same..."uhh hes got nines full wtf??"

 
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PrinceCharles
almost 8 years ago

He has a set of nines not nines full - there is no pair on the board

 
 

notCIA
almost 8 years ago

How does this story make sense?
Assume a full table, 18 cards have been dealt down, 3 flop cards, plus the burn cards, and the dealer knows what's coming up on the turn and/or river because he did not shuffle the cards?
If that's true, he should be making a fortune as a magic act in one of the major LV showrooms.

 
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jrshaffy
almost 8 years ago

I agree. In theory if the dealer didn't shuffle the deck then the 6 of hearts should have been the burn card prior to the turn. I'm assuming that when he said he didn't shuffle, he was using a brand new deck.

 
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Veronica2
almost 8 years ago

No he doesn't have 9s full. He had trip 9s. The Qs were in the other guys hand, other guy ended up with a flush for best hand but did have trip Qs as well. Do you all play poker?

 
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PrinceCharles
almost 8 years ago

If he didn't shuffle the deck then he knew the next five cards were going to 6,5,4,3,2 (all hearts). Obviously the sequence is going down due to the player having Queen of hearts in his hand.

The whole thing doesn't make much sense. Because if the deck was unshuffled then you couldn't hand the player 2 x nine or 2 x queen as there would need to be 13 players sitting at the table. Plus their pairs would have been of the same suit.

The whole thing is one very bad example of a conspiracy theory.

Most likely the dealer had dished out a few bad beats earlier - so he was expecting it and making a joke of it.

 
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treagan7
almost 8 years ago

Uh Veronica, do you play? I believe it's called a set of nines not trip nines.

 
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treagan7
almost 8 years ago

Set of Q's as well.

 
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sirswish6
almost 8 years ago

GEEEEETTTTTT THEREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

 
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Thajokeman
almost 8 years ago

Let's see if we can figure this out.... if he didn't shuffle the deck. The 9876 board all hearts, the dealer could of been expecting the 5 of hearts to come off next hence saying bad beat. Although if he didn't shuffle the deck there it would of been impossible for anyone to have been dealt a pocket pair unless it was 13 handed, so yeah there is something else to this story.

 
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machine17
almost 8 years ago

saying trip nines is the same thing as saying three nines so technically this would be acceptable to say in this situation.We all know a set is two nines in your hand and one on the board and trip nines is one nine in your hand and two on the board, but technically both of these situations can be referred to as trip nines....in other words "trips" is just another word for three...
so either situation is three nines...or trip nines

 
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machine17
almost 8 years ago

also, this is not even remotely considered a bad beat. queens are supposed to beat nines....even after the nines luckboxed the flop, the queens were still 34% to win hand

 
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vortexx
almost 8 years ago

He doesn't say the dealer was fired, just that he heard he was. But, what's with the refund then?

 
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Jim12
almost 8 years ago

Why is the dealer dealing out his opinions anyway?

 
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swallsjr
almost 8 years ago

The refund says it all. Something didn't go down the right way.

 
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TheFly
almost 8 years ago

WTF, is this the new WSOP policy? Cry like a baby to Jack Effel when your flopped set fails to hold and he will refund your entry fee.

 
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Chris43
almost 8 years ago

What this is, is complete and total BS. Last year in a WSOP $1500 NLH Event, I got up during the 2nd scheduled 20 minute break and the player to my immediate left stole my entire chip stack. That's right, stole it and put it in his pile. When I cam back from break with the rest of the table all I had was a bottle of water and my sunglasses case sitting there. One of the dealer's jobs is to watch the chips while players are on break.....
To make long story short, they penalized me and made me sit out over 2 rotations of the table while they reviewed video. After looking at the video, they determined the player took my chips by mistake, they gave me a random amount back and broke up the table! NOTHING was done to the chip thief at all.

 
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Chris43
almost 8 years ago

I complained directly to Jack Effel and was told to go piss up a rope. I asked for a refund. He told me nothing was done wrong and good luck in future WSOP events. I still have the phone message he left me.
Now, you tell me how Mike Sower's bad beat warrants a refund and my getting my entire chip stack stolen (and then to penalize me on top of it!) does not? Great job Jack, really great job.

 
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