Ben Lamb Chops Up the Competition on Latest Episode of High Stakes Poker
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On the latest High Stakes Poker show on PokerGO, which aired Tuesday night, Ben Lamb and Daniel Negreanu dominated the action.
There weren't any changes at the table for Episode 16 of Season 10 compared to last week's game. The seven players included the already mentioned duo, along with Bill Klein, Stanley Choi, Charles Yu, Eric Hicks, and Eric Persson. Here's a look at the early stack sizes shown on PokerGO:
Lamb Attempts a River Bluff After Missing Flush Draw
On the first hand of the show, Lamb went to work with K♠J♥, raising it up to $3,000 before calling a three-bet to $13,000 from Choi, who had A♠K♥.
The monotone flop came out 4♥5♥6♥, and both players had one hidden heart. After Lamb checked, Choi went for a continuation bet of $7,000 with his superior flush draw. A call was made and then a board-pairing 5♦ appeared on the turn.
This time it went check-check to the 8♦ river. Both players missed their flush draws and were sitting on nothing but high cards. Lamb led for $19,500 and was able to get the bluff through. On the next hand, he hit trip aces and won a $150,000 pot against Persson and Choi.
The three-time near World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event champion was off and running in what was a profitable session for the high-stakes poker pro.
"Kid Poker" on a Heater
During the old days of High Stakes Poker on the Game Show Network, no one ran worse than Negreanu. But "Kid Poker" is all grown up now and the results on the legendary poker show have been much better for him. On Episode 16, the deck was rather kind to the Poker Hall of Famer.
With $13,000 in the pot heading to the flop, which came out 8♠6♦4♥, Persson bet out $3,000 with 4♠4♦ for bottom set. Negreanu made the call with 10♥7♦, chasing a double-gutter. Back in the day, there was absolutely no way the straight would come in, and the K♣ turn was no help. Persson dark bet $9,000 and received a call only to have his set cracked by the 5♠ on the river.
The aggressive Persson bet $30,000 before having his bet raised to $75,000. Persson showed his cards as he pondered his move, and then Negreanu exposed the 10♥, which confused his opponent. After some thought, the Maverick Gaming owner made the wise decision to fold and cut his losses short.
One hand later, Lamb got back in on the action and pulled off another successful bluff with bottom pair, getting Hicks off a straight draw and Klein off a higher pair to take down a $27,000 pot. Moments later, Lamb would river trips to crack Persson's top pair and got maximum value when he raised a $6,000 bet to $31,000 and received a call.
It was then Negreanu's turn to suck-out. Klein had K♠K♥ and three-bet preflop, but fell way behind Negreanu's 9♥9♦ when the flop came Q♣10♠9♠. "DNegs" bet $6,000 and was called before the 8♠ scare card appeared on the turn, bringing four cards to a straight and three to a flush on the board. Both players checked, and the river 8♦ paired the board, a perfect card for Negreanu and an awful one for Klein.
An unfazed Klein led out for $10,000 but was put in a tough spot with an over pair when a raise to $60,000 was announced. The wealthy businessman couldn't find a fold and then found out the bad news after his opponent turned over a full house.
Negreanu's good fortune would continue in another hand against Persson when he turned the nut straight and Persson rivered an inferior straight. The pot had ballooned to $101,000 and the casino owner this time was able to sense his hand was beat when he folded to a massive raise on the river.
Once again, it was Lamb's turn to hit a monster when he flopped a set of aces against Yu's pocket jacks, and took down a pot of more than $110,000.
Negreanu and Persson Can't Get Enough of Each Other
Klein Goes for the Bluff
Klein, a regular on the high-stakes poker scene, has an ABC poker reputation. But his image doesn't always reflect his play. Take, for example, the epic bluff he pulled off with ace-high on Hustler Casino Live earlier this year.
On Episode 16 of High Stakes Poker, the high roller took a stab at another bluff against Hicks in what turned out to be a sizable pot. Hicks had raised to $1,200 from an early position with Q♣J♥. Klein made the call from late position with Q♠3♥. The flop of 9♣J♦2♠ was quite favorable to the preflop raiser.
Hicks bet out $2,000 with top pair and received a call from queen-high. The turn was the 5♣, no use to either player, and Hicks again bet, this time for $6,000. Klein then began to tell the story that he had a monster hand and raised it to $15,000. His opponent, confused at the play for a brief moment, made the call.
When the 10♠ came on the river, again helping neither player, Hicks checked it over to Klein, who fired one last bullet — $35,000. The bluff got through and Klein proudly turned his cards over so that everyone could see his tight image isn't always accurate.
Next week's episode will be the last of Season 10. PokerGO has already filmed Season 11's sessions, which will air post-WSOP at a date undetermined.
Past High Stakes Poker Recaps
Check out our past recaps from Season 10 of High Stakes Poker on PokerGO:
- Episode 1: There Was a Crazy Chop Pot on the High Stakes Poker Season 10 Premiere Too!
- Episode 2: Nick Schulman Shines as Kaplan's Replacement on New Episode of High Stakes Poker
- Episode 3: Quads on HSP for Eric Persson; PokerGO's $1M Buy-In Poker Game Upcoming
- Episode 4: Jennifer Tilly Can't Catch a Break on Latest Episode of High Stakes Poker
- Episode 5: Antonio Esfandiari, Bill Perkins Make High Stakes Poker Season 10 Debuts
- Episode 6: Antonio Esfandiari, Bill Perkins Make High Stakes Poker Season 10 Debuts
- Episode 7: Esfandiari Involved in Epic Three-Way Cooler for Stacks on New High Stakes Poker Episode
- Episode 8: Esfandiari & Perkins Went All In on Draws for $600K Pot on High Stakes Poker
- Episode 9: Daniel Negreanu Coolers DoorDash Founder on High Stakes Poker
- Episode 10: JRB is a Pocket Aces Magnet on the Latest High Stakes Poker Episode
- Episode 11: Daniel Negreanu Tries to Set Up Jean-Robert Bellande in New High Stakes Poker
- Episode 12: Eric Persson Bluffs JRB and Flips Him the Bird on High Stakes Poker
- Episode 13: Alan Keating Misreads Hand, Torches Off Six Figures on High Stakes Poker
- Episode 14: Alan Keating is in for Over $1 Million on High Stakes Poker and is Ready to Battle JRB
- Episode 15: Daniel Negreanu and Eric Persson Can't Get Enough of Each Other on High Stakes Poker
*Images courtesy of PokerGO.
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