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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

High Stakes Poker

I finally had a chance to catch up on some old High Stakes Poker episodes. This season appears to be somewhat different than the past seasons. They brought in some new online internet pros like Tom "Durrrr" Dwan, the young WSOP winner, Peter Eastgate, and "Zig" Sahamies - some Finnish poker pro. Dwan is clearly one of the better players at the table even with the likes of Doyle, Kid Poker and Barry Greenstein. Without Dwan, there really wouldn't be a season 5. He brings action to the table and he is not afraid to dump $100k into the pot. On the other hand, you can tell Eastgate is not a great cash game player. He looks scared at times. He is read easily by some of the other players and he seems to be afraid to lose his money. You can't sit at a $500/$1000 NL table with all pros and be afraid to lose your money. Most WSOP winners aren't great cash players but they got lucky on the way to winning the main event... ala Moneymaker, Gold, Raymer.

As for Zig, he's like the guy you want at your table. He would chase several hands and then lay it down on the river when he didn't hit his draw. He would put $20k, 30k 50k into the pot on a bluff and then take his foot off the pedal on the river and just check it down. He's a pro Pot Limit Ohama player but i think he needs a few lessons in NL hold'em.

Doyle Brunson has gotten tighter than ever. I think as you get older, you are not as loose and you just play smarter. Doyle probably has the most money of anyone at the table but when he laid down his pocket 10s after a $20k bet, i realized he's just there to win money. He's been through it all over the years and I don't blame him for just being there for the money.

Kid Poker, Daniel Negreanu, has just gotten worse and worse every season. He's constantly making bad plays, bad calls and just giving his money away. The hand in season 5, episode 3, where he lost to quad 4s was a very bad call. Benyamin hit his quads and took like $200k+ from Daniel. Not only is he making bad calls, but his etiquette at the table is terrible. He was called out by Gabe Kaplan after laughing when Eastgate accidentally put in a $25k chip. Eli Elezra picked up on it and bet like $140k... which led Eastgate to fold. That was $25k down the drain.

Anyways, I still believe this is the best poker show on TV. Some guys I enjoyed watching in the past seasons include Brian Townsend, Phil Laak, Hellmuth, Mike Matusow (for entertainment purposes only) and Farha. They have to bring some of those guys back.