New poker session, some new faces, and 3 of the same faces I’m happy to see again: Ivey, Dwan and Negreanu. I find it interesting that Antonius, Dwan, and Ivey each bought in with $500k, as opposed to the $200k everyone else bought in for (Negreanu bought in for the $346k that he had remaining from previous session). I wonder if Dwan, Ivey, and Antonius feel more comfortable with bigger stacks, or if others feel less comfortable with smaller stacks against them.
Also about Negreanu, I’ve grown to like and appreciate his “Did You Know?” segment in season 6. As opposed to vignettes like “The Nuts” that we’ve seen in past seasons of High Stakes Poker just for entertainment purposes, the Did You Know segments presents some nice explanations of more advanced poker concepts.
Away from the action at the table, I wanna say that I loved Kara Scott’s 30-second segment on the best question ask a player to get information. More specifically, I liked Gus Hansen’s reply: “Did you get laid last night?” I think I might ask that next time I sit down at the felt, and see what kind of information I’ll get J
As for the poker action itself, we saw Eli Elezra really “get into the zone”, making great reads and calls to scoop some nice pots off Gus Hansen and Antonio Esfandiari. Those 2 pots alone totals almost a quarter million – nice going Eli!
Favorite moment of 1st episode: When Hellmuth busted out! You gotta love when someone so full of themselves has a rough time….especially against players from Northern Europe” J