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Run It Twice -- TV Edition -- Peter Eastgate

Eastgate Walks Us Through a Hand He Played on High Stakes Poker on GSN


Peter EastgateBefore winning the 2008 World Series of Poker, Peter Eastgate made his living playing poker, with the brunt of his steady income coming from cash games. After acquiring the more than $9.1 million first-place prize, Eastgate stepped it up to the highest-staked cash games offered. He was recently featured on the latest season of High Stakes Poker on GSN. Eastgate talked to Card Player about one of the most memorable hands of the season.

The Game

Game: No-limit hold’em
Blinds: $400-$800
Ante: $200

The Lineup

Seat 1: Daniel Negreanu
Seat 2: Peter Eastgate
Seat 3: Doyle Brunson
Seat 4: Barry Greenstein
Seat 5: Tom Dwan
Seat 6: David Benyamine
Seat 7: Eli Elezra
Seat 8: Ilari Sahamies

Run it Twice — Review of the Hand

Preflop Action: Greenstein raises under the gun to $2,500 with AHeart Suit AClub Suit. Dwan calls with QClub Suit 10Club Suit, Benyamine calls with 3Diamond Suit 3Club Suit, Elezra calls with JDiamond Suit 9Spade Suit, Sahamies calls with 7Heart Suit 6Spade Suit, Negreanu calls with KDiamond Suit 4Diamond Suit, Eastgate calls with 4Heart Suit 2Diamond Suit, and Brunson calls with ASpade Suit 9Club Suit. The pot is now $21,600.

“Who opened this pot and got seven callers?” asks Greenstein.

Flop Action: The flop is 10Diamond Suit 2Club Suit 2Spade Suit. Greenstein bets $10,000. Dwan raises to $37,300. Eastgate calls, and Greenstein calls. The pot is now $133,500.

Turn Action: The turn is the 7Diamond Suit. The board now reads 10Diamond Suit 2Diamond Suit 2Spade Suit 7Diamond Suit. Greenstein checks, and Dwan bets $104,200. Eastgate folds, and Greenstein folds. Dwan wins $133,5000.

Eastgate: First of all, I made the mistake of buying in for too much money. I bought in for half a million, and Tom Dwan the only other guy who bought in for that much money, and he was sitting three to my left. I would have felt more comfortable playing $200,000 deep instead of $500,000 deep.

Kristy Arnett: Why did you decide to fold on the turn?

PE: When he bet $100,000 on the turn, I’m not just worried about the turn bet, I’m worried about the river bet. He might fire another $300,000. Essentially, I’m bluff-catching. He’s not betting jacks or queens or something like that. He either has a deuce or he’s bluffing. Since he had a 10 in his hand, he can likely rule out that I have a full house with pocket tens. That is what he took advantage of.

KA: Were you worried about Barry Greenstein’s hand at all?

PE: I wasn’t necessarily afraid of Barry having me beat. It didn’t seem to me that Barry would fold his hand when he called on the flop. He seemed pretty keen on going all the way with it. It worried me that Dwan kept on betting because Barry seemed so confident with his hand. That’s also what made the bluff seem so strong. He’s betting against two people rather than one. As Tom said to me afterward, if Barry had gotten out of the way on the flop, Dwan would have just checked it down.

KA: Looking back, what would have done differently in this hand?

PE: I think it is far more optimal for me to lead out on the flop, because I could lead out with a hand like A-10, as well, and I can keep my range open. As the way I played the hand, by check-calling the flop, I am pretty much playing my hand face up, because they know that if I had a 10, I would fold to bet and a raise. It’s so marginal to have a 10 there, playing so deep. I would have to hope that they both had something worse than that, and that is quite optimistic. Since they know I don’t have a 10, it narrows my hand to basically just a deuce. Me holding an overpair there is just very seldom. By leading out, I keep my range more open and keep control of the pot size. Betting the flop would have been more optimal. But, if I bet, Barry raises, and Dwan makes a reraise, it is still an ugly spot, but I don’t think that scenario would have happened. Most likely, in that spot, if I bet the flop, Barry would have raised or called, and Dwan would have gotten out of the way. [Laugh] Well, maybe he would have raised it. You never know. It’s Tom Dwan.

“The only other player I knew who would make a move like that is maybe the late Stu Unger,” said announcer Gabe Kaplan.