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High Stakes Poker S8 E9: Ivey & Hellmuth Return to the Show

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Wednesday's latest "High Stakes Poker" episode on PokerGO was played as $400/$800 no-limit hold'em and featured a new lineup. Among those in action were Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, and venture capitalist and former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya, just to name a few.

Below is a look at five of the biggest and most interesting hands from the new episode.

Here’s how things stacked up at the top of the broadcast:

Tom Dwan$300,500
Lazaro Hernandez$243,800
James Bord$208,500
Chamath Palihapitiya$203,600
Brandon Adams$202,500
Jake Daniels$200,000
Phil Ivey$199,600
Phil Hellmuth$197,600

Daniels vs. Ivey – Flopping the Nuts

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Phil Ivey on High Stakes Poker

Jake Daniels raised to $2,200 under the gun holding the {a-Clubs}{5-Clubs} and Ivey just called with the {q-Diamonds}{q-Clubs} next to act. Tom Dwan came along from the button, both blinds folded, and the flop came down {7-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{k-Clubs} to give Daniels the nuts. He led out for $1,300, Ivey called, and Dwan got out of the way.

On the {k-Diamonds} turn, Daniels upped his bet to $7,300 and Ivey once again called. With $25,800 in the pot, the {8-Diamonds} completed the board on the river and Daniels overbet it by tossing out $30,000. Ivey thought long and hard before folding and giving up on the $55,800 pot.

Ivey eyed up Daniels, who shot him a smile and then tabled his hand.

“Ooof,” Ivey responded.

The show then showed a little interview with Ivey. “I’m happy to be back. It’s a good feeling, but it’s just the beginning. I’m looking forward to playing a lot more TV events and starting to play a lot more tournaments when they come back, and just getting back out there and starting to play poker from a different perspective.”

Ivey vs. Dwan – Classic Battle

High Stakes Poker Tom Dwan
Tom Dwan on High Stakes Poker

Ivey raised to $2,500 with the {k-Spades}{5-Spades} in the cutoff and Dwan called from the small blind with the {a-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}. After Brandon Adams folded from the big, it was heads-up action to the {5-Hearts}{9-Spades}{7-Diamonds} flop, which gave both players bottom pair.

Action went check-check and the case {5-Clubs} peeled off on the turn. Dwan checked, Ivey bet $2,500, and Dwan check-raised to $10,500. Ivey called and that inspired Hellmuth to chime in with, “Classic battle.”

The {3-Spades} river was of no consequence and Dwan bet $21,000. Ivey called and watched the $69,600 pot pushed to Dwan, who won it thanks to his ace kicker.

Ivey vs. Adams – Set Up with the Ladies

Brandon Adams
Brandon Adams on High Stakes Poker

Ivey raised to $2,000 from the hijack with the {q-Spades}{q-Diamonds} and Palihapitiya called next to act holding the {j-Hearts}{8-Hearts}. Dwan came along from the button with the {10-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} and Brandon Adams from the small blind with the {a-Clubs}{7-Clubs}. Hellmuth ditched his hand in the big blind and it was four ways to the flop, which came down {3-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{a-Spades}.

Adams checked top pair with the nut flush draw and Ivey continued for $7,000 after making middle set. Both Palihapitiya and Dwan folded before Adams called to see the {k-Diamonds} turn. Adams checked and then called when Ivey bet $22,000.

The {5-Hearts} river was not was Adams was hoping for and he checked to Ivey, who bet $50,000. Adams wasted little time in folding his hand and Ivey took down the $117,600 pot.

Not long after, the current stacks were flashed on the screen:

Tom Dwan$344,000
Phil Ivey$273,200
Jake Daniels$268,000
James Bord$219,900
Brandon Adams$218,500
Lazaro Hernandez$192,600
Phil Hellmuth$188,400
Chamath Palihapitiya$142,900

Hellmuth vs. Dwan – Poker Brat Gets River Value

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High Stakes Poker

Hellmuth looked down at the {k-Diamonds}{k-Hearts} under the gun, raised to $1,600, and picked up five callers, including Dwan with the {k-Clubs}{j-Spades} in the small blind. When the flop came down {6-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{j-Clubs}, Dwan led out for $5,500 with top pair, Adams folded the big blind, and Hellmuth popped it to $17,000.

Action folded back to Dwan and he called to see the {8-Spades} turn. Both players checked, the {7-Diamonds} completed the board on the river, and Dwan checked to Hellmuth, who bet $18,000. Dwan didn’t seem excited about putting in the calling chips, but he did so nonetheless. Ship the $80,400 pot to the “Poker Brat.”

Hernandez vs. Daniels – Boat Stays Afloat

Lazaro Hernandez
Lazaro Hernandez on High Stakes Poker

In the last hand of the episode, Lazaro Hernandez raised to $2,400 from the button with the {8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} and Daniels three-bet to $8,000 with the {k-Spades}{q-Hearts} in the small blind. Hernandez called and flopped a full boat when the {3-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{8-Clubs} appeared on the flop.

Hernandez checked out of turn before calling a bet of $5,600 from Daniels, who turned a pair when the {q-Clubs} peeled off. Daniels bet again, this time $13,700, and Hernandez just called to the {a-Spades} river.

Daniels bet for the third time by tossing out $30,000, and Hernandez paused for a bit before min-raising to $60,000. Daniels quickly called only to muck when Hernandez tabled the full house to claim the $176,200 pot.

Remember, High Stakes Poker will air every Wednesday but is only available to PokerGO subscribers. If you’re not currently subscribed, you can get a monthly subscription for $14.99, a three-month plan for $29.99, and an annual subscription for $99.99.

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