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Ivey Picks Off Polk's Bluff

donpeters • Level 11: 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante
Phil Ivey

Doug Polk raised to 55,000 on the button, and Phil Ivey called from the big blind before the dealer fanned out the {10-Hearts}{3-Spades}{2-Diamonds} flop. Ivey checked, and Polk checked behind.

The turn was the {2-Hearts} to pair the board, and Ivey led with a bet of 75,000. Polk made the call, and the dealer completed the board with the {6-Clubs}. Ivey bet 200,000, but Polk had other things in mind and raised things up to 580,000. Ivey went deep into the tank, thinking for several long minutes.

It looked as if his decision to call or fold changed every 15 seconds in his head, and at one point he was slamming the amount of chips to make the call up and down on the felt behind his cards, unsure of what to do. After he did that, he checked back at his hole cards, then fired in the call.

"I'm bluffing," said Polk, turning over the {A-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} for ace high. Ivey tabled the {10-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} for two pair, tens and deuces, and he won the pot.

Ivey moved to a commanding position with over 58% of the chips in play.

Tags: Phil IveyDoug Polk