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Ivey’s Fearless Bluff Shines on High Stakes Poker

Ivey Five-Bets Preflop with Five-High

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Phil Ivey had plenty of reason to smile after last night's episode of High Stakes Poker.Bluffing was definitely the major theme in this week’s episode of High Stakes Poker. Lex Veldhuis basically tried to bluff everyone with shaky results, and Dennis Phillips even turned his pocket jacks into a bluff to get Tom Dwan off the best hand with a large river bet.

But the most memorable bluff of the night belonged to Phil Ivey, and it wasn’t even close.

In a hand that might have elicited a few stunned expletives out of the viewing public, Ivey showed exactly why so many top-level poker players fear him.

The hand started innocently enough as Barry Greenstein opened to a $5,500 preflop raise with QClub Suit 10Diamond Suit. Ivey, who had just won the previous pot after firing a double-barrel bluff against Andrew Robl, decided to ignore the value of his cards once more, re-raising to $18,000 with his 5Spade Suit 2Diamond Suit.

That’s when Veldhuis decided to get involved — four-betting the action to $51,600 preflop with his KHeart Suit JHeart Suit.

Lex Veldhuis' four-bet would've worked against a lot of poker players, but it didn't work against Phil Ivey.To his credit, the Dutch pro showed moxie throughout his episodes on High Stakes Poker this season, constantly getting involved in the action and running more than a few bluffs against his tablemates. Unfortunately, for him, his competitors seemed to pick up on his aggression and turned it against him on countless occasions.

All the same, it seemed implausible that he would fail on this hand. Reading the situation excellently, Veldhuis put himself in position to win a nice-sized pot without even needing to see a flop.

But he was facing Ivey, and with Ivey, nothing is implausible.

The audience was reminded of that fact after the action returned to the Full Tilt pro once Greenstein got out of the way. Ivey asked how much more Veldhuis had behind in his stack, a question that seemed to HSP host Gabe Kaplan and probably most people who were watching to be a little bit of Hollywooding.

Gabe Kaplan called Ivey's move "one of the great bluffs in the historyof High Stakes Poker."But after Veldhuis responded, “One-forty something,” Ivey pushed all in.

After seemingly making the determination that Veldhuis had enough behind to fold, Ivey five-bet preflop with just five-high. And sure enough, he was right. Veldhuis sighed and threw his hand into the muck.

Kaplan called it “one of the great bluffs in the history of High Stakes Poker.”

While many poker players will only five-bet with pocket aces, Ivey showed that he is willing to do it with literally any two cards.

As for Veldhuis, it marked the worst moment for him in an episode that saw him ratchet up his aggression even more. In the first six televised hands of the show, Veldhuis reraised before the flop four times. He only won one of those pots, getting Greenstein to fold his A-Q when he four-bet to $60,800 preflop with the same hand.

Most people probably didn't expect Dennis Phillips to bluff Tom Dwan off the best hand.There were plenty of other instances of players trying to pull moves throughout the episode, but one surprising move belonged to Phillips.

The High Stakes Poker newbie decided to just limp in from early position with his pocket jacks, calling Dwan’s $8,300 raise out of position. The New Jersey pro out-flopped the former trucking account manager with his AHeart Suit QClub Suit, thanks to a QHeart Suit 10Spade Suit 5Spade Suit board.

Phillips check-called a $15,600 bet from Dwan. The KHeart Suit turn slowed down the action, as both players opted to see a free card. But when a third spade fell on the river, the 4Spade Suit, Phillips decided to try to seize the $52,200 pot from Dwan, firing out $33,000. Dwan thought about it briefly, but ultimately threw his cards away.

A new lineup premieres during next week’s episode. While Ivey, Dwan, and Negreanu will return, they are joined by what GSN is dubbing the “wildest lineup yet,” featuring Bertrand Grospellier, David Benyamine, Doyle Brunson, Mike Matusow, and Eli Elezra.

A preview of the future action showed Brunson and Matusow jawing at each other and a frustrated Negreanu banging his fist onto the table, an indication that his struggles on the show are far from finished.

Check back to CardPlayer.com next week for a recap of all the major action.

 
 
 
 

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herbiemontalbano
11 years ago

Without question PI is the best poker player on earth. His 25o bluff was majic...but you know what he knew he was probably just a 62%-38% dog if the guy did call. Granted the guy could have had a pair too, but I feel PI knew he had two live cards, and if the guy did have a pair under 10s he would muck...brilliant.

Last week Daniel looses nearly 200k when Durr has the nuts holding AK and the board comes with two aces and a king. This week they are in the exact same type of hand and DN has the goods...he wins maybe 20k. Now you tell me who is the better cash player?

Tha above article gives the Dutch guy credit for his moxie and aggressiveness...I give him a big you suck unless you derive great please giving your money away. His play with Ivey personifies what I am saying...there were many more examples of his propensity for giving his money away over the last two episodes...sure hope his bankroll is thick. I will give the guy credit for colossal size balls for some of his plays...unfortunately 90% of them failed miserably.

I do have to give Phillips some credit on the bluff he pulled on Dwan...didn't think he had it in him.

Someone summed Phil Laak best when they mentioned on the show last nite he was there just for some airtime, this person could not be more correct....besides the guy acting like an idiot by rolling on the floor the time he sucked out a whole lot in some WPT event he did well in several years ago, what has the guy done in poker?..his tournament record is pathetic and if you count the buy ins versus the payoffs he is a huge looser. I will give him credit for finding an accomplished and somewhat attrative woman if you like thick women.

Lastly, Benyamine, Ivey, and Antonios(pretty boy) are without question the best overall players on HSP. Yea, Durr is impressive but if he grinded it out with all of these guys on the same table on a consistent basis over a year or so he would go broke.

Can't wait for next week's episode.

 
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jpsychlady
11 years ago

Herbie-you are an idiot

 
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zerofan
11 years ago

Herbie.....you may want to learn the difference between the words "loose" and "lose".

Are you smarter than a 5th grader?

 
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BigSlick_MO
11 years ago

Dwan plays them all the time online. He's not broke yet.

 
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herbiemontalbano
11 years ago

you are correct..I am a spelling Idiot...thanks for noticing.

 
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MNNU83
11 years ago

Herbie-You argue with the article for giving the "Dutch guy" credit for his "moxie and aggressiveness", then later in the same paragraph you give him "credit for colossal size balls for some of his plays"...so in your opinion, the article nailed it?

 
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duskytoast
11 years ago

Hey herbie i think youre right dude!

 
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herbiemontalbano
11 years ago

MNNU83..Yes, I gave him credit for them...but I certainly did not applaud them. And to duskytoast..thanks

 
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donkeytron
11 years ago

"Yea, Durr is impressive but if he grinded it out with all of these guys on the same table on a consistent basis over a year or so he would go broke."

Durrrr does play with them on a consistent basis, and he wins. Last I heard he was up a ton against Antonius in his heads up challenge.

 
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herbiemontalbano
11 years ago

Donkeytron...I stick by my belief if Dwan was at the same table with all 3 at the same time consistently over a year he would go broke...I made no mention of heads up with each of them. But what do I know as Durr could possibly break all 3 if they played everyday for a year. I am a Durr fan. I just think the other guys are better overall.

 
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seconeluv5
11 years ago

We are all geniuses when we see the cards on tv, yes Ivey's bluff w5/2off was ballsy and brilliant and he is hands down the best all around poker player alive right now, he was on a mission to prove himself and make a statement this season from the get go (like he has to).. And I love Daniel's personality and he is a great tourney player but he is very exposed on HSP time after time, this is just becoming more and more obv. Everyone watching is saying including Gabe "please don't call Danny please" year after year..

But I will say this about Dwan, he has single handed changed the cash games and brought them all to another level of betting and thinking and nobody can adjust (except Ivey and Antonius).. Don't be fooled when he bet 263k on the river against Ivey, that was the gutsiest play I've ever seen. And if you think for a second that Ivey was gonna call with 4th pair A6 (fourth pair on a board where he couldn't beat 10 2, come'on, even if he knows the kids bluffing he cant even beat that hand) when he missed his draw you're nuts, it was all for the camera, he figures ok I'm not calling cause he would have to be positive Dwan had 78 89 but let me fool the audience that I'm gonna call to keep my rep and mystique and make Dwan sweat (numerous other reasons) and I can't blame them for not getting involved in Dwan's head games, he doesn't care about money some of these guys worked to hard to get it and they're not gonna get involved (see E-Dawg lately, no cause he's done with cash games, he's smart).. I love when Antonio E plays with Dwan and won't put a penny in but on PAD w/Hellmuth and Matusow they treat him like he's an agressive god, I hope these things are obv. to everybody..

 
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1offtheoldblock
11 years ago

Sure thing herbie, take another long hall of your crack pipe...mmmm "majic". I don't think PI was anticipating a call from Lex, otherwise he wouldn't have made the move he did, putting Lex all in before the flop. I am certain PI was not sitting there thinking, oh if he calls my 5 deuce off has a 35% to win. He made the play because he knew Lex would fold and he could scoop a 60k pot without contest.

As for what you are saying about Dwan, you must be retarded because the kid can play. Just like when Phil Helmuth talks down to him saying, we'll see if you're around in 5 years kid." You and Phil H must be in denial because Dwan is a sicko!

As for Daniel Negreanu. DN your play has steadily dropped since the second season of high stakes. I mean you seem to call when you should raise, call when you should fold, and bet when you should fold. I don't understand why the producers of HSP continue to invite you to play in every episode. You seem totally out of your comfort zone as did Freddy Chamanara when he graced us all with his presence on HSP. And just like Fred you aren't that interesting to watch. What happened to the DN who put the magician to the test with k10 on a q105 board, the magician had JJ and made an outstanding read and called all in, only for daniel to river a king. Try to make us Canadians proud!

 
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herbiemontalbano
11 years ago

Sammy doesn't do HSP anymore because he sucks and is probably low on funds...the guy made some incredibly bad decisions everytime I watched him on HSP. 90% of the hands he lost he should have not been in the hand to begin with...lastly, because the Sponsored players play so bad on HSP gives even more reason Sammy should have won or at least not lost so much...him not winning is only indicative how bad he truly was on HSP....I played with him in a 5 10 no limit game about 5 years ago and won a decent amount off of him making the same kind of plays..poor sammy you need to realize when you raise people will call you with marginal hands and destroy you with good ones.

 
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