Ever play online poker? Then you’re familiar with all the gripes about how Internet poker is rigged. It isn’t. There are all kinds of checks in place including 3rd party audits to make sure everything is completely random. But that doesn’t stop poker players from wondering how it’s possible to see so many crazy hands.
The truth is that you’ll play 20 to 30 times more hands in an hour online than you will live. So with the increased frequency comes the increased likelihood that you’ll be involved in a cash game hand that doesn’t go your way, even though all logic says that it should.
One such hand happened just the other day. Only it wasn’t online. It was live. And it was a $1 million poker cash game hand that will forever go down in history as ridiculous.
The hand in question saw Paul Phua with a pair of tens and Lo Shing Fung call with a 7,8 of clubs.
The flop came 2d, 9h, 10d, giving Phua a set of tens. At that point he was a 75% favorite to win. But the turn would prove to be a turn for the worse as a 6c dropped, giving Lo a straight – and dropping Phua’s odds to just 23%.
The pot was worth $65,000. Lo announced all-in, giving Phua one tough decision to make. The pot drove all the way up to $991,000. With 10 outs to the river, Phua did have the chance to pull out a win. A 10 would have given him a set. And a 6, 9, or 2 would have given him a full house. But with an Ace of hearts on the river, it was not meant to be.
My favorite part of the hand is that Lo is super-casual about the whole thing. While he’s pushing his chips into the pot to the tune of about $500k, he’s enjoying some delicious Chinese food, chopsticks in hand and all.
For a million bucks, you’d think that Phua would have been way more upset about the whole thing. But perhaps he has bigger worries. He’s currently facing federal indictment for illegal sports betting in the United States, but that’s a story for another day.
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