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Doug Polk made a outrageous however correct fold in opposition to Phil Hellmuth in a current Excessive Stakes Poker episode doubtlessly the best fold within the present’s background. He described how he completed up constructing the difficult however appropriate carry out in a Poker Kings film on YouTube.
The reboot interval of Substantial Stakes Poker concluded earlier Wednesday with an additional fascinating episode. Everywhere in the season, lovers of the legendary poker funds recreation exhibit had been handled to plenty of monster pots, vital bluffs, and wonderful performs. Tom Dwan was the star of the exhibit all by quite a lot of the interval similar to he was once more within the working day when the show aired on the Recreation Show Group.
However Polk constructed arguably the best have interaction in of the 12 months, and most probably within the present’s eight-period file, in a hand he didn’t even acquire. Within the hand in situation (PokerGO on-line video under), each equally Hellmuth and Polk flopped a straight on a J-9-8 flop with two spades. Polk skilled the 10-7 for a straight, however was coolered by Hellmuth’s Q-10.
James Bord, protecting pocket deuces, manufactured an odd information for $2,000 on that flop. Polk then raised to $7,000 forward of Hellmuth shoved all-in for $97,000. Bord, of examine course, skilled an easy determination to fold, however Polk’s wasn’t so primary. Solely only one hand beat his straight, and Hellmuth’s large elevate was as an alternative bizarre. After tanking for a few minutes, he got here to the abstract the one hand his opponent might have in that spot was the Q-10, so he constructed what Superior Stakes Poker commentator AJ Benza known as “the best fold” in clearly present heritage.
“Doug Polk is an individual of the few individuals on the planet that might have folded there,” Gabe Kaplan stated.
Why Polk folded
Folding a straight on a non-paired, non-monotone flop shouldn’t be uncomplicated, even for the best avid gamers within the earth. In that spot, most gamers snap-call after which simply acknowledge the easy truth they’re about to eliminate a cooler. However not the Upswing Poker founder. Polk outlined his choice in a contemporary video on the Poker Kings YouTube channel.
He preliminary factors out that he to start with supposed to easily name forward of understanding Hellmuth’s stack dimensions was larger than he acknowledged (virtually $100,000). If his stack was lesser, he potential would have been pressured to attach with. As a replacement of snap-calling, he thought-about onerous in regards to the state of affairs he was dealing with. Would Hellmuth really bluff off his stack or shove so enormous with one factor like two-pair or a flush appeal to?
“Versus plenty of gamers, you may simply must name, they’ll simply have too plenty of issues, they’re additionally wild, they’re far too outrageous, however Phil Hellmuth isn’t,” Polk defined. “Phil Hellmuth is a person that prides himself on not buying stacked by anyone at any time with every little thing, particularly if he’s driving.”
Hellmuth’s graphic labored versus him on this hand, as Polk describes. If he was up in opposition to an aggressive participant like Tom Dwan, Polk would have defeat Dwan into the pot. However Hellmuth shouldn’t be recognized to make insane performs like that on a bluff or perhaps a set. The brand new $1.2 million winner in opposition to Daniel Negreanu uncovered some further satisfaction out of constructing that fold.
“Additionally, it was fantastic just because it tilted the f**ok out of Phil in a while,” Polk joked. “After the fold, he simply couldn’t enable it go. First, he defined to me it was the easiest fold he’s considered in months, then it was a 12 months, then it was two a number of years, then it was 3 a very long time, and it saved discovering progressively prolonged.”