The Five Biggest Hands from Day 2 of the Super High Roller $400/$800/$200 Cash Game
On Monday, a special invite-only cash game was be held at ARIA as part of the Super High Roller Series. With blinds of $400/$800/$200, a minimum required buy-in of $250,000, and a live broadcast to be hosted on Twitch, the Super High Roller Cash Game was one of the most anticipated games of the summer.
The cash game, which will continue on both Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 p.m. – 2 a.m. local time, featured some of the biggest names in the game including Scott Seiver, Andrew Robl, Matthew Kirk, Paul Newey, Doug Polk, David "Doc" Sands, Patrik Antonius, and Daniel Colman.
PokerNews was on hand utilizing our live reporting team to cover the cash game – which we'll be doing through July 1 – and as a recap of sorts we thought it'd be fun to take a look back at what we deemed the five most notable pots from Day 2 of the Super High Roller Cash Game. Also, be sure to check out yesterday's piece, The Five Biggest Hands from Day 1 of the Super High Roller $400/$800/$200 Cash Game.
How Much Would It Take to Shave Your Head for a Year?
Early on in the game, the players at the table have opted to play a game of "What Johnny Lodden Thinks?"
Scott Seiver instigated the game, which saw David "Doc" Sands be the brain, meaning he had to think of a number to a predetermined question. That question, asked by Seiver, was: "How much does David Sands think Doug Polk would need to be paid to shave his head daily for a year?"
Remember, in this game it doesn't matter what the actual number is; in fact, Polk's answer is irrelevant. All that matters is what Sands (the Johnny Lodden in this scenario) thinks the number would be. Daniel Colman and Matthew Kirk made a side bet — how much we're not quite sure — and once Sands locked in his number the bidding began.
The rules of the bidding are simple: a player can either say a bigger number than the previous bid or "buy" the under. They're never allowed to take the over.
Colman kicked off the bidding with $25,000, and Kirk immediately countered with $75,000. Colman offered $125,000, and Kirk countered with $130,000. From there it jumped from $140K-$145K-$150K-$155K-$170L-$175K-$180K-$185K-$200K-$205K.
Colman opted to buy the under, meaning if the number Sands locked in was less than that, he would win the bet. If it was more, then Kirk would win.
Sands number was... $40K.
"Have you ever seen my hair?" a flabbergasted Polk asked. Similarly, other players seemed shocked at Sands' low number.
The game then prompted some players to guess, and bet, what the real number was. Kirk even went so far as to offer Polk $150,000 cold-hard cash to actually do it. Polk declined, citing that he currently loves his life (and hair), and was already financially secure.
A Faulty Deck Followed By a Double
Around 10:00 p.m., Doug Polk opened for a raise and got a call from big blind Daniel Colman, who quickly check-folded the flop. A non-descript hand for sure, except for one minor detail — the flop read . That's right, there were two queen of clubs. Play was halted to change out decks while the player reconstructed the hand to give everyone their money back.
The players seemed upset at first, but before long cards were back in the air.
In the first hand back, Polk, who had done the most complaining, raised to $2,400 and got three-bet to $9,000 by Andrew Robl. Polk came back with a small four-bet to $22,000, and Robl shoved. Polk quickly called off his $126,000, and he was ahead with versus .
The players agreed to run it twice, and Robl found trip queens as hit the board on the first run, though Polk found the river to secure half the pot. Neither player hit anything on the second run out, and Polk scooped the pot to get to $255,000.
Polk then realized had the deck error not occurred, that hand wouldn't have happened, a fact that seemed to change his mood for the better.
Robl's Monster Bluff Leaves Kirk Feeling Salty
Paul Newey raised to $4,500 in the cutoff, and Matthew Kirk reraised to $18,000 in the small blind. Andrew Robl wanted to play for more and raised it to $50,000 from the big blind. Newey got out of the way, and Kirk put $100,000 in.
Robl opted to call after some thought, and flopped. As has been the norm in many four and five-bet preflop pots at this table, Kirk fired small with $35,000. Robl contemplated a bit before calling, and the arrived on the turn. Kirk bet $50,000 this time, and Robl thought a couple of minutes and counted out his stack. He decided to move all in, and the Australian, who only had $90,000 behind, snap-folded.
Robl tossed into the middle, showing the bluff and causing the table to go wild.
"If it's anything but a f****** ace I'm all in on the turn," Kirk said with disgust, adding that he had nothing as well. "So stupid. It's the only card I don't go all in."
"Look at the glow he has right now," Scott Seiver said of Robl.
"How could you do that?" he asked. Kirk, who stated he didn't want to come back to the game after dinner, was apparently upset that Robl had talked him into it and then had the gall to bluff him like he did.
Robl offered him the chance to do another pot-limit Omaha flip for his stack, and Kirk accepted for his last $90,000 or so.
Each player was dealt four cards facedown, and then the dealer put out the flop and turn before Scott Seiver instructed her to put the river facedown. Kirk and Robl then began to peel their hands. While we didn't get a good look at their cards, we do know neither player made much. Heading into the river, all Kirk had was a pair of threes, which was good as Robl held what appeared to be .
Robl could win it with a lot of cards, and the river was one of them. Kirk quickly collected his bag and made a beeline for the exit, which prompted a short break in the cash game action.
Antonius' Stay Short and Not so Sweet
Paul Newey opened to $2,500 under the gun and got two calls before Patrik Antonius, who joined the game midway through the day, made it $12,000 to go from the cutoff. Newey four-bet to $36,000 after the blinds mucked, and Antonius thought a bit and put $64,000 in. Newey jammed for approximately $190,000 effective, and Antonius quickly called.
"Nice hand," Antonius said softly.
The players agreed on two run outs, but neither helped Antonius as the first came and the second .
"OK, that's it," Antonius said, indicating he was done as he sent his remaining stack to his British foe. Newey chipped up to $724,000.
The Biggest Pot of the Super High Roller Cash Game Thus Far
The largest pot of the Super High Roller Cash Game thus far occurred near the end of Day 2.
It began when Andrew Robl raised to $2,400 and Daniel Colman three-bet to $8,500 from the cutoff. Scott Seiver then four-bet to $24,000 from the button, Robl folded, and Colman five-bet to $70,000. Seiver called, the flop came down , and Colman bet $50,000. Seiver called and the bet $120,000 after Colman checked the turn.
Colman made the call, and then checked for a second time when the completed the board on the river. Seiver took his time before moving all in, which was effectively a bet of $343,000 as that's the amount Colman had backed.
Colman was feeling the pressure and hit the tank.
"Kings?" he asked aloud. "I have aces. You wouldn't play ace-king like that."
Colman seemed a bit tortured, but eventually released his hand, which allowed Seiver to chip up to $865,000!
Remember, the Super High Roller Cash Game will continue on both Tuesday and Wednesday as a new lineup of players takes to the felt. The games are expected to last from 2 p.m. through 2 a.m., so be sure to join us then to follow the action in the live blog. You can also watch the action on the Poker Central channel on Twitch.