Poker pro Mark Herm is no stranger to tournament success both live and online. In the live arena he's amassed nearly $1.2 million in earnings, while online as "SHIPP ITT" and "dipthrong" he's collected well over $4 million according to Pocket Fives' tally.
This week Herm added a cool $224,805 to his live total after taking third place in Event #21: $3,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em. While deep in his run, Herm took time during a break to speak with PokerNews' Sarah Herring about an interesting hand he played against Daniel Negreanu (who eventually finished 19th in the event).
The hand came on Day 3 with 19 players left, occurring just as Level 22 (8,000/16,000/2,000) was coming to a close.
"My image is batsh*t crazy," Herm begins, noting how he'd been three-betting a lot and playing nearly every hand in an effort to intimidate the table. "I play people who are loose cannons," he adds later in the clip, "and it's tough — you don't want to get in their way."
Negreanu begins things with a raise to 35,000 from under the gun. It folds around to the small blind who calls, and Herm calls as well from the big blind with -suited.
The flop comes , and after the SB checks Herm opts to lead for 65,000, citing two reasons for doing so. First, he knows a number of turn cards could easily reduce the value of his hand, and second, his image is such that he knows he can bet his top two pair without being believed he's as strong as he is.
Negreanu calls and the third player folds, then another falls on the turn to make a full house for Herm. He bets and gets called again by Negreanu, and after a river blank there comes another bet-call. Watch and find out how the hand turned out: