Nick Wright Gets Trappy, Phil Hellmuth Folds Over Pair on Poker After Dark

Phil Hellmuth

Episode 1 of "Everything in its Wright Place" during Season 13 of "Poker After Dark" on PokerGO had a bit of everything. Ema Zajmovic performed at a high level, amateur Nick Wright showed he's no slouch, and Phil Hellmuth made an interesting fold on a dry board with an over pair.

Seven players entered the $50/$100 high-stakes cash game at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas. The other four players competing were Alan Richardson, Eli Elezra, Melissa Schubert, and Landon Tice.

Wright beat Hellmuth heads-up to win last week's episode

Nick Wright Sends Melissa Schubert Home

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Wright, host of FS1's "First Things First" sports debate show, has become a regular on PokerGO. He's proving to be a competent poker player, especially for an amateur who earns a living in sports media. Midway through the episode, he flopped a monster in a multi-way pot.

Schubert raised to $300 with {a-Clubs}{10-Clubs} and received a call from Zajmovic's {k-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}, Wright's {4-Hearts}{4-Clubs}, and Richardson's {q-Spades}{4-Spades}. The flop of {5-Spades}{a-Spades}{4-Diamonds} hit everyone except Zajmovic, who bowed out of the pot when Schubert bet out $800. With bottom pair and a flush draw, Richardson raised it up to $2,000 and Wright decided to just make the call.

Schubert, with $3,050 total, decided to just ship it all in. Neither of the remaining players could reopen action as the raise wasn't big enough. With $10,500 in the pot, both players checked the {7-Clubs} on the turn.

The river was the {10-Hearts}, giving Schubert some false hope. Wright, who had slow played up to that point, bet out $2,550 and his opponent, who missed his flush draw, quickly folded. Schubert saw the bad news that she lost to a set and didn't rebuy.

Phil Hellmuth Can't Always Be Right

Richardson couldn't spike a flush on the river against Wright, but he made up for it in a hand against the "Poker Brat." Hellmuth called the $200 straddle with {10-Spades}{10-Diamonds} and Richardson bumped it up to $1,200 with {a-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}. His opponent made the call and off they went to the flop, which was {2-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{4-Clubs}. Richardson continued his aggression, betting out $1,500, and got a call.

The turn was the {2-Spades} and the preflop and flop aggressor bet $5,500. Hellmuth, with around $7,000 behind, tanked for a couple of minutes before deciding to fold the best hand. Richardson refused to show him the bluff.

Cooler Hand of the Day

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Hellmuth again found himself in a tough spot with pocket tens against Richardson, except this time he didn't have the best hand. In fact, he didn't even have the second best hand.

Richardson raised to $300 with {a-Hearts}{a-Diamonds} and then Hellmuth made the call with {10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}. When Elezra three-bet to $1,450 with {k-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}, the "Poker Brat" smacked the table and frustratingly screamed, "what the f**k?" The player with pocket rockets then four-bet it to $6,450 and an irritated Hellmuth folded.

Elezra then quickly shoved all-in for about $16,000 total (both remaining players had near identical stacks). They agreed to run it twice. The first board ran out {8-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{k-Spades}, a bad board for Elezra given the wasted king on the river (Richardson won with a flush).

On the second board, Elezra received more pain when it came out {2-Clubs}{j-Spades}{3-Spades}{10-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}. Richardson scooped the entire $32,800 pot.

Zajmovic Picks Up Wright's Untimely Bluff

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Wright showed in his heads-up match that he lost to Hellmuth this past summer that he isn't afraid to fire out a risky bluff at any time. But sometimes he runs into a monster hand, such as one pot he played on "Poker After Dark" against Ema Zajmovic.

Wright straddled ($200) and Zajmovic raised to $900 with {a-Spades}{j-Clubs}. The sports TV personality made the call with {8-Clubs}{6-Clubs}, as did Elezra with {a-Diamonds}{9-Spades}. All three players saw a flop of {5-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{j-Hearts} and Zajmovic bet $1,000 on the button. Elezra got out of the way and Wright made the call. The turn was the {j-Spades}, and the button again bet, this time $2,000. Wright went for a surprising check-raise to $5,800 and his opponent called.

The river was the {10-Hearts}, which didn't complete Wright's flush draw. Still, he continued his aggression and bluffed off $8,000, which didn't get through as Zajmovic called to claim the pot..

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