Stepuchin's Splashing Makes for Lots of Action on 'Poker After Dark'

Frank Stepuchin kept it lively on PAD.

Exit anti-hero Dan Bilzerian on "Poker After Dark" as it was time to move on to "Watch Your Step" featuring WPT champ Frank Stepuchin on PokerGO.

Stepuchin's action-inducing ways helped create some big pots in the $50/$100 game, but he wasn't the only force helping the game trend that way. The players also agreed on a $200 per head seven-deuce bounty, and boy did it play a role as nearly everyone at the table took their chances playing the rags one way or another. It worked better for some than others, as you'll see.

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First Hand Fireworks

On the first hand shown — and apparently the first dealt as well, according to the commentary — investor Ilyas Abayev limped with {a-Clubs}{9-Spades}, Alex Ding made it $400 with {j-Spades}{j-Hearts}, Stepuchin called with {7-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} in the small blind and big blind Marle Cordeiro came along with a hand that contained the {q-Hearts}. They were playing with a $200 per player bounty on winning with seven-deuce.

On the {j-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{7-Hearts} flop, action checked to Ding and he bet $400 again. Only Stepuchin continued, calling another $1,500 on the {k-Hearts}. He came out betting on the {q-Diamonds} river with $3,200. Ding shoved all in for $7,700 and Stepuchin quickly called with the second-best hand.

Ship the $20,900 to Ding.

Roller Coaster Hand Plays Out Perfectly for Stepuchin

Stepuchin picked up the {q-Hearts}{q-Diamonds} under the gun and made it $300. Cordeiro called with {k-Spades}{j-Diamonds} on his left, as did big blind Ronnie Bardah in the big blind with {a-Spades}{j-Spades}.

Everyone liked the {j-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{5-Spades} flop and Stepuchin's $500 c-bet was met with a call by Cordeiro and a raise to $1,900 by Bardah. Both of his opponents continued to the {j-Clubs} turn. Bardah bet on the small side with $2,800. Stepuchin called. Cordeiro thought a bit and called as well.

"Were these decks set up?" Bardah wondered.

"How many jacks are in the deck?" someone else asked.

The river: {q-Clubs}. Bardah moved in for his last $4,900, Stepuchin reshoved and Cordeiro found the fold. It was a $24,950 pot to Stepuchin.

Frank Stepuchin
Stepuchin snapped his fingers and the queen of clubs appeared.

Another Cooler for Ding

Stepuchin raised to $300 second to act with {10-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} and got action from Cordeiro on his left with {7-Hearts}{2-Spades} and Ding in the big blind with {j-Spades}{9-Hearts}.

Stepuchin flopped the best of it on {5-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} and bet $300, with everyone continuing to the {8-Clubs} turn. Ding checked, Stepuchin bet $1,100, Cordeiro folded and Ding made it a check-raise to $3,000. Stepuchin peeled to the river, which came a {4-Clubs}.

Ding potted it for $8,000. Stepuchin couldn't find the fold and Ding collected a $23,950 pot.

All in for Stacks Preflop

With a straddle to $500 on, Cordeiro made it $1,600 first to act with {j-Diamonds}{j-Spades}. Alan Richardson called with {7-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} in the next seat, and Bardah moved all in from the big blind with {a-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}. Cordeiro quickly called for less and Richardson got out of the way.

With $14,850 in the pot, they agreed to run twice.

Bardah paired up right away on {7-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{k-Hearts}. He held up on the {3-Hearts} turn but got some unfortunate overkill on the {a-Clubs}, killing one of his outs to get a scoop. Cordeiro got a friendlier board of {8-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{5-Spades}{5-Diamonds} the second time to they each scooped in a bit of profit thanks to the dead money in the pot.

Cold Four-Betting the Worst Hand

Cordeiro opened under the gun for $300 with {5-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}, Richardson called with {k-Hearts}{q-Clubs} and Abayev raised to $600 with {j-Clubs}{9-Clubs}. On the button, Ding woke up to {7-Hearts}{2-Hearts} but decided that was a good spot to cold four-bet it to $1,700.

Everyone folded back to Ding, who showed his rags with a grin. Everyone tossed over $200 with a groan.

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