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Hellmuth Histrionics Hamper His Play

January 29th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Most Pinnacle Sports Poker players know that Phil Hellmuth made a serious run at the World Series of Poker main event tournament this year. He ended up going out in 45th place, but not before throwing a few tantrums at the Rio along the way. After having already served out penalties for verbal abuse to his opponents, Hellmuth found himself sitting in a hand one position off the button with Ac-2h. He raised the 30K blinds to 90K and got a call from the player on the button, Allen Kennedy.


They saw a flop of Jd-2d-9h, which both players decide to check. Kennedy was holding an open-ended straight draw, while Hellmuth had only a pair of deuces. The turn card was the 8h, which completed Kennedy’s straight and had Hellmuth drawing dead. But instead of checking, Hellmuth decided to bet out 60K into a pot of 257K. He must have thought that Kennedy was on big cards because Kennedy called the pre-flop raise.

Kennedy decided to play it cool, and just called the 60K. The river card was a disaster card for Hellmuth. It was the Ad, giving Hellmuth two pair – aces over deuces. Hellmuth thought he had the best hand, because he made a bet of 175K into a pot of 377K. He was betting his hand for value, thinking that perhaps Kennedy had A-K or A-Q and would make the call. But Kennedy, who decided to ignore the fact that there were now three diamonds on the board, raised Hellmuth the rest of his stack. That brought the pot to over a million in chips.

Hellmuth thought about it for a couple of minutes and made the call, making the pot worth 1,389,000. Kennedy flipped over his straight and Hellmuth went into his ‘Poker Brat’ mode, jumping up from the table and running for the stands. As usual Hellmuth didn’t give his opponent credit for a hand he himself wouldn’t have played, and it cost him a good portion of his chips. He spent the next couple of minutes whining to friends and family in the crowd about how he couldn’t tell Kennedy what he thought of his poker skills.

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