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Dwan Bluffs Ivey in High Stakes Poker

Four Players Get Felted This Week


Tom Dwan continues to make impressive plays on High Stakes Poker.Daniel Negreanu bemoaned his bad luck as his hand couldn’t hold up either time after he decided to run it twice.

Dario Minieri sheepishly grinned and sped to the exit after his all-in bluff was quickly picked off by Tom Dwan.

Jason Mercier let out a deflated sigh when Phil Ivey made a difficult, correct call to send the High Stakes Poker newcomer to the rail.

Gus Hansen rattled off a series of expletives when he slow-played his pocket queens and lost most of his stack as a result.

Four players went broke in this week’s episode of High Stakes Poker, but the show will probably be most remembered for one thing — Dwan’s bluff versus Ivey.

The two heavyweights at the table, with approximately $1.8 million on the table between them (Ivey with more than $1 million, Dwan with roughly $800,000), got into a massive hand at the end of the episode that almost saw Ivey making what would have been an incredible call with just fourth pair to rake in what would have been a $945,100 pot.

But instead, after tanking over the decision and even leading the audience to believe that he might indeed call by saying, “This is going to be the sickest call of all time,” Ivey begrudgingly threw his hand into the muck, handing over the pot to the bluffing Dwan, whose 9-8 had completely whiffed on the board.

Watch the hand below:

While Dwan put himself into a sticky situation, he was eventually able to get out of it with a brazen bluff of more than a quarter-million dollars on the river. However, many of his other competitors were not as fortunate as Dwan when they get into their troublesome spots.

With Negreanu, Minieri, Mercier, and Hansen all losing their initial buy-ins in this episode, an astonishing six players (including Phil Hellmuth and Andreas Hoivold in past episodes) have now gone broke this year, despite being only five episodes into the season.

Negreanu and Hansen elected to rebuy, while Mercier and Minieri decided to cut their losses and run.

Mercier’s bustout hand was perhaps the most interesting, as the tournament pro was trying to use his tight image in the cash game to his advantage to fool Ivey in a big pot. The man who is regarded as the best in the game what made what could be considered a crying call, though, even tossing the money in Mercier’s direction, before seeing that he indeed had the best hand.

Phil Ivey was responsible for sending Jason Mercier to the rail.It all started with an adventurous preflop raise to $4,200 by Hansen with QClub Suit 6Diamond Suit. Eli Elezra called with 9Club Suit 5Club Suit, as did Ivey with 9Spade Suit 9Diamond Suit. The young Mercier decided to try to a squeeze-play from the small blind with his modest AHeart Suit 4Heart Suit, raising to $22,100. The raise was enough to shake off Hansen and Elezra, but Ivey made the call.

Mercier then fired a continuation-bet of $28,700 into the $55,000 pot after a flop of 7Heart Suit 3Diamond Suit 2Spade Suit, prompting Ivey to raise to $78,700 with his overpair.

That’s when things got interesting. Instead of throwing his hand away, Mercier decided to represent a monster by pushing all in for $185,100 total. It was a bold move by a pro, who had played pretty close to the vest in the game up until this point, and he was clearly hoping his table image would encourage Ivey to lay down the better hand.

However, with $106,400 more to call and $318,800 already in the middle, Ivey decided to call. But he clearly wasn’t thrilled with his decision until he saw Mercier’s cards, even saying, “All right, I guess you got me here,” before cursing and placing the calling chips in front of Mercier.

Mercier let out a couple defeated sighs, and Elezra responded, “Welcome to the Ivey world, Jason.”

It was the Ivey world at that point, but after durrrr’s triple-barrel bluff against him a few minutes later, it had just as much become the Dwan world.

Check back to next Monday for another recap from this season of High Stakes Poker.



over 11 years ago

That was so much fun to watch!!!


over 11 years ago

That is poker at it's finest moment. A man bets $268,000 with nothing. It doesn't get any better.


over 11 years ago

And a tight player at that.... what a call by Ivey.


over 11 years ago

if phil ivey makes that call on the river, which it seemed like he was going to make, it would have been one of the greatest calls in a televised cash game in the history of poker. The fact that he tanked for so long thinking he might be good is remarkable eventhough he let it go.

Tom Dwan must have put Phil Ivey on a draw after he just called on the flop and on the turn, but i takes astonishing guts and heart to four barrel the river out of position with nine high, with the greatest player on the planet behind you.

Unbelievable poker on both sides.


over 11 years ago

If I was Ivey in that spot I would have possibly thought about raising after the flop with the draws he had.

Even if it was just a minimum raise it would have gave him a shot at taking down the pot there or gave him a better idea about what he was up against and possibly slow Dwan down for the remainder of the hand.

Dwan was always in control of the situation and produced a great bluff on the end that Ivey considered calling with 4th pair which in itself was pretty immense however I think Ivey could have taken it down a lot earlier had he tried to be aggressive with his big drawing hand.


over 11 years ago

While it was a very fortunate volley of events for "DURR",Ivey's pair of 6's were awful small in comparison to the possibility of hands from the cards on the board.
It sure did look as if Ivey was going to call on Dwan's enormus bet.
In company of "gcpower's" comments,an old addage..."Ya' think long - Ya' think wrong".


over 11 years ago

the fact he even considered calling is a testament to Ivey's incredible instincts.

Throughout the hand i think he is convinced Dwan has a monster. The only reason not to raise on the flop is to not be re-raised. he wants to see that turn card before having to put more in. He knows Dwan will have to pay him if he hits his diamond, if he was correct about dwan having a monster.

But how does then on the river suddenly realize Dwan had nothing. He really knew, but no one can call off $268000 in real money with a pair of sixes.