High Stakes Poker Season 7 Episode 4
The first table of pros and amateurs gathered together for High Stakes Poker Season 7 continued their adventures this past weekend. After a gamut of high octane action last week, this episode was understandably more measured. Action began as the players were still reeling from the unstoppable force of one particular amateur.
Phil Ruffin, owner of the Treasure Island hotel and casino spent last week running over the table with his constant overbets. Coming off particularly badly was David “Viffer” Peat who failed with a big $100k bluff on the river last week. Peat’s travails continued in Episode 4, with all of his plays being shut down by the loose Ruffin. The only player who can challenge Phil for profits is Antonio Esfandiari, who made all his cash from stacking Barry Greenstein last week.
Although Ruffin continued to play a lot of pots, commentator Norm MacDonald noted that the players seemed to be getting a handle on how to deal with the amateurs. That led to some cagey pots with more measured post-flop play than the big all-in shoves we have become accustomed to.
To take one example, tournament pro Vanessa Selbst, making her HSP debut, picked up KK in early position but could get no action from her raise. Meanwhile, Doyle Brunson was leveraging his decades of experience to get the better of Phil Ruffin. The Godfather of Poker always seemed to know just how much to bet to entice a call out of Ruffin and fellow businessman Bill Klein. US Poker Sites player Andrew Robl, who joined the game last week, was perhaps the quietest player at the table.
The same could not be said of PokerStars Bonus Code pro Barry Greenstein, who continued his poor run by shipping the rest of his meagre stack to Ruffin. The Treasure Island mogul flopped a flush and when Barry turned a straight, that was all she wrote. Never one to give up easily, The Bear immediately rebought for another $200k. He did manage to recover a few of his chips a little later, making a good amount of money with his dominating King.
Sadly he won’t have any more opportunities to win back that lost cash, as Phil Ruffin sailed back down the strip with over $300,000 in winnings. That haul makes him the most profitable amateur ever on High Stakes Poker and the pros seemed noticeably disappointed to have lost the juiciest whale at the table.
That meant Bill Klein was the only non-pro left standing, currently staring down losses of $417,000. That’s good news for someone though, as Klein has pledged to give all his winnings or the equivalent of his losses, to charity. The bad news for the pros at the table is that 10-time bracelet winner Johnny Chan will be joining the game next week. Jump onto a poker forum and let people know how you think Chan will hold up against his fellow cash game pros.