Three Great Live Reported Hands: Hellmuth Blow-up, Big Fold, $1M Bubble

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Hellmuth Blows Up on Devilfish

Original title:Hellmuth Busto in True Hellmuthian Style
TournamentWSOP 2010 $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo
Players involved:Phil Hellmuth, Dave Ulliott

Phil Hellmuth might be a little better than he used to be at controlling his inner "Poker Brat," but Hellmuth does still have his occasional blow-up that results in controversy. Back in the day, his rants were a little more frequent, and Hellmuth built a reputation on situations like the one that unfolded with the late Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott in Event #46: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo at the 2010 World Series of Poker.

With eight places to go until the money bubble burst, Hellmuth defended his big blind when Devilfish opened for 21,000 at 3,000/6,000 from the cutoff. The flop came 10910 and Hellmuth checked. Ulliott continued for 25,000 and immediately called when Hellmuth jammed for 75,000.

Hellmuth: AK106
Ulliott: AJQ3

Devilfish was drawing, although not all of his outs were clean as Hellmuth held a king and a club blocker. The turn bricked off with the 4 but Ulliott hit his flush on the 7 river. The beat prompted Hellmuth to lose it.

"No, he didn't!" he yelled. "This motherf*****. What are you doing, Fish?"

Hellmuth: "You're a f****** moron. You know you're not supposed to call with that."

Ulliott mocked Hellmuth, copying each indignant word that left the Poker Brat's mouth.

"How the f*** can I fold that?" Ulliott finally said.

"You're a f****** moron," Hellmuth responded. "You know you're not supposed to call with that."

After it was confirmed Hellmuth was covered, he departed in a huff. Devilfish, meanwhile, let the remaining players know what he thought of Hellmuth's play.

"He shouldn't have called with ace-six-f******-king," he said. "I like my call more than his."

Devilfish had a laugh at Hellmuth's expense during the latter's rant.

Todd Terry Folds a Monster

Original title:Terry Makes Lay Down of the Year?
Reporter:Paul Oresteen
TournamentWSOP 2012 $1,500 Six-Max
Players involved:Todd Terry, Thijmen Stocker

Todd Terry cashed for over $2.3 million in live tournaments in his lengthy career as a poker pro. It's safe to say he has played thousands upon thousands of hands, and some of those hands have surely involved big laydowns. However, none were quite so big as the one he made in the $1,500 Six-Max at the 2012 WSOP.

Terry: "I can't believe you'd be bad enough to do that with kings."

On Day 2 and in the money, Terry faced off with Thijmen Stocker in a pot that saw the two staring at a board of 7AKJ at 600/1,200/200. Stocker bet 9,000 and Terry called. On the A river, Stocker checked and Terry bet 25,000. Stocker made it 65,000.

"I can't believe you'd be bad enough to do that with kings," Terry said as he tanked for about two minutes. "Second nut no good here, huh?"

Terry thought awhile, double-checked his cards, and folded AJ.

Per the reporting, no hand was shown by Stocker, so Terry and everyone else will have to keep wondering whether the monster fold was correct.

Todd Terry
Todd Terry had the guts to make a monster laydown, folding the second nuts.

Three-Deuce on a Million-Dollar Bubble

Original title:Wang Qiang Eliminated in 4th Place
Tournament2011 Aussie Millions $250,000 Super High Roller
Players involved:Sam Trickett, Wang Qiang

The bubble of a poker tournament ratchets up the tension at the tables, as the next player out will walk away with nothing and everyone else gets at least something to show for their efforts. The pressure is orders of magnitude higher in a $250,000 tournament, and some players will try to take advantage of that by running up a stack, raising and reraising with any two cards without fear.

he must not have cared much about $1 million as the reporter recording the hand related that Qiang chuckled at showdown.

That was the situation at the 2011 Aussie Millions when Wang Qiang decided to get more than a little out of line, much to the benefit of Sam Trickett. Just four players remained, with the third-place finisher scheduled to receive $1 million and his felted predecessor, as Norman Chad might say, squadoosh.

Trickett had been running hot and running over his competitors, so when he opened for 60,000 on the button at 15,000/30,000/4,000, Qiang may have decided it was time to put a stop to Trickett's dominance and show some resistance. Having just recently moved over 20 big blinds with around 650,000, he had plenty of fold equity on a shove and decided to use it by jamming from the big blind.

Unfortunately for him, Trickett held AA and quickly called to put him at risk. Qiang could only muster the 3 and the 2, the lowest of the nut low for a preflop all-in situation. He found some hope on the 297 flop but the turn and river bricked out.

Luckily for Qiang, he must not have cared much about $1 million as the reporter recording the hand related that Qiang chuckled at showdown.

Wang Qiang
Wang Qiang wasn't too worried about busting on a $1 million bubble.

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