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Poker After Dark: Part II of the PLO $100,000 Cash Game

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Last week, Poker After Dark aired Part II of its $100,000 pot-limit Omaha cash game. The lineup from Part I, which included Patrik Antonius, Brian Hastings, Phil Ivey, Brandon Adams, Tom Dwan, and Phil Galfond, returned for a second week, with the exception of one player. After going broke in Part I and declining a rebuy, Adams was replaced by Jared Bleznick, a high-stakes online professional making his first appearance on PAD. With many of the world’s best PLO players at one table, viewers were certainly in for a treat.

Hastings Goes Runner-Runner: Action folded to Galfond on the button and he came in for $3,200 holding {10-Spades}{10-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}. Ivey, who had over $500,000 in front of him as the big winner from the week before, made the call from the small blind with {10-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{7-Clubs}, and Antonius took the opportunity to reraise to $14,000 with his {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}{9-Spades}. Hastings, who had straddled and looked down at {9-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}, made the call, Galfond got out of the way, and Ivey came along for the ride.

The remaining three players watched as the flop came down {6-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{A-Clubs} and action checked to Hastings, who bet $18,500. Ivey called, Antonius folded, and the {4-Spades} hit the turn. Both players opted to check, leading to the {5-Diamonds} on the river. Hastings went runner-runner for a full house and quickly moved all-in for his remaining $56,300. Ivey folded just as quickly and Hastings took down the $138,500 pot.

Antonius vs. Dwan: With a double straddle on, Antonius raised to $9,000 holding {K-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{6-Hearts} and Dwan, who had double-straddled, squeezed out {K-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{J-Spades} and called the additional $6,600. The {7-Spades}{Q-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} was a big flop for Dwan, giving him top-two pair, but it was Antonius who fired out $16,000. Dwan responded by reraising pot, $67,800, Antonius made it $91,100, and Dwan called all-in. With $202,000 in the pot, the duo decided to run it twice. On the first run, the {5-Clubs} turn gave Antonius a straight, which held after the {5-Hearts} was put out on the river. The second run was also fortunate for Antonius as it came {6-Clubs} followed by the {6-Diamonds}, giving him runner-runner trips. Rebuy for Dwan!

Bleznick Doubles: A short-stacked Bleznick raised to $3,000 from the cutoff only to have Dwan reraise to $11,100 on the button. Action folded back to Bleznick and he made the call to see a flop out of position. The {J-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{7-Hearts} flop inspired Bleznick to move all-in for his last $12,300, Dwan called, and the cards were turned up.

Bleznick: {K-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}{J-Spades}{8-Clubs}
Dwan: {A-Hearts}{A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}

Bleznick had flopped two pair and was a 73-percent favorite. The {J-Hearts} turn gave Bleznick a full house and left Dwan looking for an ace. It was not meant to be as the {9-Diamonds} peeled off on the river. Bleznick doubled to $48,900 on the hand.

Galfond Takes One Down: Dwan limped for $1,200 holding {J-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} only to have Galfond, who was next to act, reraise to $5,000 with {J-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{7-Clubs}. Everyone else folded back to Dwan and he made the call. When the flop fell {A-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}, both players checked and the {A-Clubs} hit the turn. Dwan checked, Galfond bet $6,500, Dwan called, and the {6-Spades} was revealed on the river. Galfond had rivered a straight and value bet $17,500. Dwan reluctantly made the call and mucked after seeing the bad news.

Dwan’s Turn to Double: With a straddle on, Hastings raised to $3,500 with {J-Spades}{8-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{3-Spades} and received a lone caller in the form of Dwan, who was holding {6-Spades}{6-Hearts}{4-Spades}{4-Clubs}. The {J-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} flop gave Hastings middle set and he bet $6,000 after Dwan checked. A call was followed by the {6-Clubs} on the turn, giving Dwan a bigger set to which he bet $20,500. Hastings thought a moment, raised, and Dwan called off for $39,300. Hastings only had three outs, but two chances at it as the river was run twice. The {2-Spades} on the first run guaranteed Dwan at least half the pot, but it was the {A-Clubs} on the second that gave him the double to $99,100.

Signing Off: Host Ali Nejad summed up the $100K PLO Cash Game by concluding: “Just another day at the office for the best pot-limit Omaha players in the world. We switched it up these last two weeks and the results were incredible. Some of the biggest pots we’ve ever seen, and some of the most high-level analysis we have ever heard.

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