High Stakes Poker S8 E14: Award Winners, Dwan & Andress Active in Season Finale

Tom Dwan

On Wednesday, Season 8 of High Stakes Poker came to an end with the conclusion of Episode 14 on PokerGO.

The $200/$400 no-limit hold'em game was a continuation of last week’s episode and featured the likes of Rick Salomon, Tom Dwan, and Phil Hellmuth, just to name a few.

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During the course of the episode, commentators and Gabe Kaplan and AJ Benza decided to revive a tradition in which they gave their “High Stakes Poker Awards”. Here’s a look at the winners:

  • Dario Minieri Award for Most Creative Costume – Rick Salomon w/ Gucci Sexy Sweatshirt + Camo Getup
  • Claude Rains Inconspicuous Award – Phil Ivey
  • Anti-Sklansky Award (the guy who plays against the book) – Tom Dwan
  • Orson Welles Award (finding now bad wine) – Jean-Robert Bellande
  • The Phil Hellmuth Award (to the guy who never does anything wrong) – Phil Hellmuth

Tom Dwan vs. Rick Salomon – Cranberries Come Out

Tom Dwan
Tom Dwan

In the first hand of the final episode, Jake Daniels raised to $2,100 holding the {q-Hearts}{10-Clubs} and Dwan called next to act with the {j-Hearts}{8-Hearts}. Salomon then three-bet to $14,000 from the cutoff with the {a-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}, the button and blinds all folded, and Daniels got out of the way.

Dwan opted to call and the flop came down {j-Spades}{4-Hearts}{a-Hearts} to give him middle pair with a flush draw. He checked and then called a bet of $20,000 from Salomon, who flopped to pair. Dwan then checked the {7-Spades} turn and called when Salomon tossed out a single $25,000 cranberry chip.

When the {7-Diamonds} paired the board on the river, Dwan checked for the third time and Salomon bet $55,000.

“Damn it, Rick,” an anguished Dwan said before hitting the tank. Eventually, he laid it down and Salomon claimed the $177,100 pot. He also got an extra $500 from Dwan, who paid him to peek at his cards.

James Bord vs. John Andress – Flipping for $231K

John Andress
John Andress

Dwan straddled to $1,600 under the gun and Salomon called next to act before John Andress raised to $3,200 with the {a-Spades}{k-Hearts} next in line. When action reached James Bord in the small blind, he three-bet all in for $113K holding the {j-Diamonds}{j-Clubs} and action folded back to Andress, who called.

With $230,800 in the pot, the duo opted to run it twice and the {4-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{j-Spades} flop on the first made things interesting as Bord made top set but Andress picked up a Broadway draw. The {4-Spades} turn made the latter’s draw a moot point as Bord filled up to secure half the pot even before the meaningless {2-Clubs} was run out on the river.

On the second run out, the {j-Hearts}{2-Spades}{8-Spades} flop brought the case jack to give Bord a hammerlock. The {10-Clubs} turn gave Andress the same Broadway draw, but once again he missed as the {k-Clubs} appeared on the river.

At that point, the stack sizes were shown for the first time in the episode:

Bryn Kenney$855,200
Rick Salomon$830,500
Tom Dwan$691,400
James Bord$230,000
Brandon Steven$218,300
Phil Hellmuth$166,500
Jake Daniels$154,000
John Andress$77,500

Tom Dwan vs. John Andress – Flopped Set vs. Runner-Runner

John Andress
John Andress

Brandon Steven straddled to $1,600 with the {q-Hearts}{9-Clubs} and Dwan raised to $5,000 with the {6-Hearts}{2-Hearts} in the hijack. Salomon called with the {a-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} in the cutoff and Andress did the same with the {8-Spades}{8-Diamonds} on the button. Both blinds folded and Steven called to make it four-way action to the {q-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}{8-Hearts} flop.

Steven checked middle pair, Dwan continued for $5,000, and Salomon folded. Andress just called with his set, Steven came along, and the dealer burned and turned the {3-Hearts}. Steven checked again and Dwan, who picked up a heart flush draw, fired out a single $25,000 cranberry chip.

Andress once again just called, Steven folded, and the {4-Hearts} river gave Dwan the flush. Dwan slid out a bunch of chips and Andress, who had what looked like $90,000 or so back (the graphics mistakenly had him listed as having $49,100) thought for a bit before calling off.

On the show, it was listed as a $185,200 pot, but in reality, it was more like $225K give or take. Afterward, Andress rebought for $220,000.

Rick Salomon vs. John Andress – Flopped Full House

Rick Salomon vs. John Andress
Rick Salomon vs. John Andress

Dwan straddled to $1,600 with the {9-Clubs}{4-Spades} and Salomon put on the double straddle with what turned out to be the {8-Spades}{7-Diamonds}. Andress then raised to $7,000 next to act with the {7-Spades}{7-Hearts} and action folded back to Dwan, who got out of the way. Salomon opted to call and the flop came down {7-Clubs}{k-Clubs}{k-Diamonds} to give Andress a full house.

Salomon check-called a bet of $5,000 with his two pair and then checked the {4-Hearts} turn. Andress bet $15,000 and Salomon snap-called to see the {6-Diamonds} river. Salomon checked for the third time and Andress bet $50,000. That gave Salomon pause for about 20 seconds before he paid it off, sending a $157,600 pot to Andress.

Last Hand of Season 8

Rick Salomon
Rick Salomon wins final hand.

In what would be the final hand of Season 8, Bryn Kenney straddled and Steven called with the {6-Spades}{6-Diamonds}. Daniels did the same from the cutoff holding the {9-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}, Dwan raised the button to $9,000 with the {a-Spades}{10-Spades}, and Salomon called from the small blind with the {7-Spades}{7-Clubs}.

Kenney opted to call with his {k-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}, both Steven and Daniels did the same, and there were five players in the hand and $46,600 in the pot headed to the {2-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} flop, which gave Salomon top set.

Four checks put action on Dwan and he bet $15,000. Salomon smooth-called, Kenney called with his pair, and Steven got out of the way. Daniels called and it was four-way action to the {4-Spades} turn. Action checked around and the {j-Clubs} completed the board on the river.

Salomon bet $45,000, Kenney folded, and Daniels thought for a bit before making the call. Dwan folded and Salomon said, “I’ve got it.”

Indeed he did, and it was good for a pot worth $196,600.

Here’s how the stacks sat at the end of the show:

Bryn Kenney$806,200
Rick Salomon$745,800
Tom Dwan$721,100
Brandon Steven$287,600
Jake Daniels$248,800
James Bord$220,900
John Andress$204,600
Phil Hellmuth$189,700

“We’ll see you next time on High Stakes Poker,” AJ Benza said at the close of the episode, hinting that there will in fact be a Season 9 coming down the pipeline.

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