On Tuesday night, Episode 11 of High Stakes Poker Season 10 aired on PokerGO. It featured the same lineup as the previous episode, which saw Jean-Robert Bellande become a magnet for pocket aces.
Others in the game included Daniel Negreanu, Andrew Robl, Jennifer Tilly, Stanley Tang, Stanley Choi, and Eric Persson, who was recently a guest on the PokerNews Podcast.
It was technically a $200/$400 no-limit hold’em cash game, but all players agreed to a mandatory $800 straddle.
Here’s how things stacked up at the start of the episode:
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Robl Fails to Empty the Clip
Persson put on an $800 straddle and Choi raised to $2,200 first to act with the 6♥5♥. Negreanu called two spots over holding the K♦J♣ and Robl three-bet to $11,500 holding the Q♦8♦ on the button. Bellande just called out of the small blind with his A♥K♥, and action folded back to Choi, who opted to call.
Negreanu released his hand and three players went to a flop of 7♥9♥7♠. JRB checked his flush draw, as did Choi, who actually had a straight flush draw. Robl continued for $10,000, Bellande called, and Choi did the same to see the 9♣ on the turn.
Two more checks on the double-paired board saw Robl bet $35,000, but he couldn’t shake JRB, who called. Choi got out of the way and the 4♣ completed the board on the river. With $138,300 in the pot, Bellande checked and Robl thought for a bit before conceding, “Alright, I’m going to give it up.”
He checked and JRB took down the six-figure pot with ace-high.
“I almost shoved it,” Robl lamented.
“I Can Either Go Home or Reload”
While the table was busy telling stories about the late Sam Grizzle, a big hand developed when Robl straddled and JRB looked down at the K♦K♣ first to act. He raised to $3,000 and Tang called with the Q♦J♥ before Persson did the same from the cutoff with the 7♣5♣. Choi called from the button with his Q♥5♥ and then Tilly looked down at the A♦K♠ in the small blind and popped it to $32,000.
With action back on Bellande, he asked Tilly for a count on her stack and then four-bet to $78,000. Action folded back to Tilly and she double-checked her cards before announcing, “All in.”
JRB snap-called and the duo opted to run it twice for the $357,000 pot. The 10♣4♣5♦ flop on the first run was no help to Tilly, and neither was the 9♦ turn nor Q♠ river.
On the second, the 7♠10♥7♥ flop bricked for Tilly, as did the 6♦ turn as well as the J♠ river. With that, JRB scooped the pot.
“This is very sad,” said Tilly, sending over her chips. “I can either go home or reload.”
She ultimately decided to rebuy for $100,000.
Negreanu Tries to Set Up Bellande
Negreanu straddled to $800 and Robl put on the double straddle to $1,600 when JRB raised to $5,000 with the 9♠9♦. Tilly called from the big blind with the 9♣7♣ and Negreanu looked down at the K♠K♥ in the straddle before making it $25,000 to go.
Robl folded, Bellande called, and Tilly got out of the way to make it heads-up action to the 3♦8♠J♥ flop. Negreanu continued for another $25,000 and JRB flicked in a cranberry chip call. The K♣ turn gave Negreanu top set and he tried to set a trap by checking.
JRB didn’t take the bait though and checked it back. Likewise, on the Q♥ river Negreanu checked for a second time and JRB did the same. With that, Negreanu pulled in a pot worth $107,200
Battle of the Stanley’s
In one of the last hands of the episode, the straddle was one when Tang raised to $2,000 with the Q♠6♠ and Choi called with the J♠10♣ in the small blind. Robl came along from the straddle with the J♥8♠ and the flop fell 9♠10♠J♣.
Two checks saw Tang bet $5,000 with his spade flush draw and Choi, who had checked top two pair, check-raised to $13,000. Robl folded top pair with an open-ended straight draw and Tang moved all in for $53,600. Choi called and the two agreed to run it twice for the $114,000 pot.
Neither the 2♥ turn nor 4♣ river on the first run helped Tang, but the Q♦ turn on the second opened up a lot of options. Unfortunately for Tang, the 2♣ river was a brick and he watched the entire pot pushed to Choi.
JRB Runs Hot on High Stakes Poker
High Stakes Poker Season 10 returns next week on PokerGO at 5 p.m. PT with Episode 12.
Past High Stakes Poker Recaps
Check out our past recaps from Season 10 of High Stakes Poker on PokerGO:
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