Off To A Fast Start

3 months ago - written by Sean Belton
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Imagine if you were dealt pocket aces and had not one but two players playing back at you. It’s the spot most poker players dream about, and it’s just happened to Germany’s Dietrich Fast in the following clip.

It all started on The Black Table with blinds at 100/200 with a 200 button ante, when Alexey Rybin raised under the gun to 500 with . Dietrich Fast was next to act, and looked down at , which commentator James Dempsey described as “something reasonable.” Fast opted to flat call, a play which the two commentators seemed happy to debate until Paul Phua found in the cutoff and bumped it up to 2,500.

In the small blind, Ivan Leow took a look at . His option was what turned this big hand into an extraordinary hand, when he chose to put in the 4-bet to 7,000. Rybin seemed more than happy to put his hand in the bin, before Fast clicked it back, putting in a 5-bet, making it 16,500.

At this point, there was a suggestion from the commentary team that Phua could get away from his hand, but he decided to go with it, 6-betting to 50,000. There was nothing Leow could do now, and it didn’t take long for him to fold his 4-bet bluff.

Fast was playing a total stack of 53,600, and had the easiest all-in of all time. Phua made the call, probably not expecting to be in quite as bad shape as he was in, and the cards were on their backs.

Paul Phua’s 6% equity dwindled to just 2% as the dealer spread a flop. Only running cards would see him stake any claim to this pot now.

“Will there be a ten or a jack on the turn, to give him a sweat?” enquired partypoker ambassador Ludovic Geilich from the commentary booth.

It was not to be, and the score was settled as the came down on the turn, as Fast started counted out his chips. The finished the runout, right after which there was a re-draw for seats. Phua lost almost 80% of his stack in the hand, leaving himself with just 14,700. Meanwhile, Fast finds himself up to 115,100 and is the first player in the field to pass the six-figure mark.


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