Covering live poker tournaments for a living affords me the opportunity to see countless thousands of hands played out, many of which offer interesting and potentially valuable insights into how players — both amateurs and professionals — play the game. In this ongoing series, I’ll highlight hands I’ve seen at the tournaments I’ve covered and see if we can glean anything useful from them.
Last week, we looked over an interesting hand from the $500,000 Super High Roller Bowl in July, an event which drew 43 of the game’s best and wealthiest and for which the titanic buy-in created a suitably enormous first-place prize of $7,525,000. In that hand, Brian Rast took an unfortunate beat with pocket kings after inducing a four-bet shove from Scott Seiver who held eights and then hit his two-outer.
Shortly thereafter, Seiver and Rast found themselves heads up after the elimination of Connor Drinan in third. With second place paying $5,160,000, the pair were playing for a difference of $2.365 million in prize money. Seiver entered heads-up play with about a 2-to-1 chip lead, but the two soon played a big pot that also made the broadcast — one that changed things dramatically.
They were still in Level 22 (60,000/120,000/20,000) and Seiver was up to around 15 million while Rast was sitting with about 6 million when the hand took place. It began with Seiver raising to 320,000 from the button. Rast fired back a three-bet to 860,000, and Seiver called, deciding to see the flop which fell .
Rast led for 750,000, and Seiver called. A third spade fell when the turned and Rast fired a second bullet of 1.4 million. Seiver again called, then the river brought yet another spade, the .
This time, after thinking for about a minute, Rast checked. Seiver then reached for a stack of chips and announced he was all in, putting Rast at risk for a little more than half of the pot.
Rast double-checked his cards and confidently called it off, showing for a king-high flush. Seiver knuckled the table and mucked , a second-best flush. Read More