High Stakes Poker Reviewed: Johnny Chan Keeps Getting Aces
The popular show High Stakes Poker debuted in early 2006, with the first season lasting 13 episodes. Throughout the show's run, episodes were culled from multi-day sessions, so often the same players would be sitting around the table from week to week, although new players were frequently rotated in to change the makeup of the game.
Years later the shows remain highly entertaining, and can even be educational. For new poker players they introduce the game while illustrating many strategic concepts, while those with experience can watch and recognize how certain strategies have evolved over the years since the shows aired.
We pick up again with our look back at Season 1. Here in Episode 7, most of the players involved have agreed to introduce a $1,200 straddle (on top of the $300/$600 blinds), thereby ramping up the action and increasing the size of the pots.
Johnny Chan gets active in this episode, thanks in large part to getting dealt pocket aces twice. The first time he doesn't get too much action, but he gets plenty the second time as discussed below.
Doyle Brunson is also dealt the best starting hand in hold'em near the end of this one, and he gets a bit of action as well from Sam Farha. Then in the last hand of the night, Amir Nassari gets A-A himself and plays a decent-sized pot versus Freddy Deeb.
High Stakes Poker: Season 1, Episode 7
|Originally aired:||February 27, 2006|
|Location:||Golden Nugget, Las Vegas|
|Players:||Doyle Brunson, Fred Chamanara, Johnny Chan, Freddy Deeb, Eli Elezra, Sam Farha, Amir Nassiri, Daniel Negreanu|
|Commentators:||A.J. Benza, Gabe Kaplan|
|Game:||no-limit hold'em cash game, minimum $100,000 buy-in|
|Stakes:||blinds $300/$600, ante $100|
Terms and Concepts
- straddle — This first hand shown in which the straddle is employed is one in which Chan gets — 4:30 mark
- fast play — Brunson flops two pair and bets, and when Fred Chamanara raises him Brunson chooses to "fast play" his hand and reraise back — 6:00 mark
- verbal declaration — the second time Chan gets pocket aces, Chamanara doesn't realize Chan has raised and says "raise" himself, thus committing himself to reraising because of his verbal declaration — 18:00 mark
Big Hand Alert
- following Chamanara's accidental reraise against Chan, the hand somewhat surprisingly erupts into a $301,000 pot, the largest of the episode — 18:00 mark
In this Series
- 1 High Stakes Poker Reviewed: Negreanu Comes Out Firing on Series Debut
- 2 High Stakes Poker Reviewed: Ted Forrest Runs It Back Up
- 3 High Stakes Poker Reviewed: Sam Farha Joins Game, Time to 'Raisy-Daisy'
- 4 High Stakes Poker Reviewed: Sam Farha and Daniel Negreanu Clash
- 5 High Stakes Poker Reviewed: Big Hands for Jerry Buss
- 6 High Stakes Poker Reviewed: 'Fast' Freddy Deeb Clashes with Negreanu
- 7 High Stakes Poker Reviewed: Johnny Chan Keeps Getting Aces
- 8 High Stakes Poker Reviewed: Mimi Tran Hits the Ground Running
- 9 High Stakes Poker Reviewed: When We Learned About 'Going South'
- 10 High Stakes Poker Reviewed: Enter Esfandiari and Hellmuth
- 11 High Stakes Poker Reviewed: Kid Poker vs. the Poker Brat
- 12 High Stakes Poker Reviewed: Esfandiari Makes Big Call Against Negreanu
- 13 High Stakes Poker Reviewed: Negreanu, Hellmuth Climb Back in First Season Finale