Season 11 of High stakes poker ended on Monday night with Episode 14, which was a continuation of last week’s program Nikhil “Nik Airball” Arcot makes his HSP debut.
The game may have seemed familiar to those who follow PokerGO’s shows, and that’s because it was shown on the live stream in April in what was described as a “cackling” game.
There were several rivalries at the table, including Matt Berkey vs. Lyn Ji and Berkey vs. Doug Polk. Eric Perssonwho was mostly quiet during the episode was also in play during it Jean Robert Bellande And Rob Yong I mixed it up.
Polk flops the joint
In the first hand of the series, JRB went up to $800 and Polk was the first to raise to $2,000 to take action Q♣10♣. Airball then looked down A♥A♣ and a 3-bet to $6,500 that Tilly called Q♥10♥ on the button. Bellande came out of the straddle with his 9♥8th♥Polk paid the extra $4,500 and it was four-way action until the flop 6♣5♣K♣.
Action checked to Airball and he bet $13,000 with his aces and the ace-high flush draw. Both Tilly and Bellande folded and Polk just called with his flopped club flush. The 4♦ The turn was clean for Polk and he check-called a bet of $50,000.
The 7♠ completed the board on the river and Polk checked a third time. Airball slowed down by checking back and Polk showed his flush to win the $153,100 pot.
At this point in the game, Ann Persson, Eric Persson’s wife, joined the lineup by taking her husband’s place in the game. As a long-time commentator AJ Benz As he pointed out, it was the first time he could remember three women playing in a game High stakes poker. Although their appearance didn’t last long as Eric soon returned, it was a piece of history for HSP.
Yong vs. Polk
Yong bet the straddle to $800 and Bellande raised first to $4,000 to take action 7♥6♥. Polk then three-bet to $13,000 with that J♥10♥Airball called from the button with the 9♦9♣and Yong came out of the tackle with that K♥10♥.
Bellande called and it was four-way action until the flop 7♠10♣A♥. With two checks, Polk bet $17,000, Airball folded, and Yong called with his gutshot. Bellande moved out of the way and it was heads up J♠ turn. Yong made his Broadway straight but checked to Polk, who checked with two pair behind.
Yong checked the nuts 3♦ On the turn, Polk bet $50,000. Yong woke up with a check-raise to $200,000 and Polk stood up from his chair and folded his arms.
“I’m in a bad spot here,” he admitted after taking his seat again. He eventually called, but the $487,100 pot went to Yong.
Yong Fishhook Ear Ball
Berkey bet the straddle and Airball raised first to $2,000 to act with his 5♦5♣. Tilly called with that A♦J♦ and Yong three-bet from the button to $13,000 J♣J♠. Both Airball and Tilly called and the trio got a flop 2♥2♣3♠.
After two checks, Yong continued with $15,000, Airball called and Tilly moved out of the way. The dealer then burned and turned it around 7♠ and Airball quickly check-called a $40,000 bet that produced the result 6♥ on the river.
Airball checked for the third time and Yong checked back, winning a pot worth $150,900.
“You would have gotten more,” Airball claimed.
Bellande bet the straddle before Polk raised it to $2,000 K♣10♠. Persson called from the big blind with the J♦J♣Bellande folded and it was heads-up action until the flop 8th♠Q♣9♥. Persson check-called a bet of $4,000 and the J♥ hit the turn.
Persson bet and checked to Polk, who bet $7,000 after hitting his gutshot straight. Persson called and the 9♠ Paired the board on the river. Persson checked his full house and Polk bet $20,000.
Persson came to life with a check-raise to $120,000 and once again Polk rose from his chair.
“This sucks,” Polk complained, but shouted anyway. Send the $267,500 pot to Persson.
Bellande prepares airball
Bellande sat astride what turned out to be the right thing to do 6♠6♥ and Polk reached $1,600 in the double straddle. Airball then increased that to $25,000 A♥A♦ At the cutoff, Bellande moved all-in for $148,000 and Polk got out of the way.
Airball made a snap call and agreed to play twice to win the $299,300 pot. However, Bellande only wanted to do it once, so they did. It proved to be a wise decision for JRB 9♦4♣6♦ The flop gave him a set.
Neither those 10♠ turn around again 8th♠ The river changed things and Bellande doubled through airball.
Last hand of season 11
In the final hand of the episode and Season 11, Berkey reached $800 and Airball Double Straddle reached $1,600. Tilly then raised to $3,200 J♥J♣ and Bellande called from the small blind with his K♥5♥.
Berkey called with that 7♠5♣Airball called with that A♥2♠and four players had a flop of J♠9♠5♠. With two checks, Airball placed the minimum bet of $400 and Tilly responded with a raise to $7,000. Both JRB and Berkey folded before Airball called and saw this Q♥ appear on the turn.
Airball checked, Tilly bet $15,000 with her jacks, and Airball, sipping a large glass of red wine, check-raised to $50,000. Tilly responded by moving all in for $157,000 and Airball folded, giving his opponent the $235,300 pot.
They went rabbit hunting to see if Airball would have hit the flush – A♣. This ended the 11th season of High Stakes Poker.
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