High Stakes Poker Season 7 Episode 2

1st hand: Croak vs. Ruffin. Ruffin hits the nut straight and overbets $50k into a pot of $16k. Croak luckily hit a runner runner flush, and yet folded it! An absolutely horrible fold, as the only hand that could beat him would be 2 higher hearts; a practical impossibility. Makes me think the show should be called FSP: Fish Stakes Poker. And to think he even bragged about his fold to the rest of the table! Antonio’s reaction is priceless :-).

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Croak then proceeds to throw away the best hand again in the very next hand dealt. Someone PLEASE seat me at this table! Viffer truly has the best seat in the house, to the immediate left of all 3 fish gazillionaires.

This is how the pros play poker:

The next good hand took place between Greenstein (K, 10) and Viffer (9, 9). Viffer guessed right that Barry missed the A,Q, 7 flop, but the K, K on the turn and river hit Barry big. Barry played perfectly, checking the turn, and it was a pretty bad $18k river call on Viffer’s part.

This is how amateurs play poker:

Klein (A, J) vs. Ruffin (9, 9). Ruffin playing strong and aggressive until the river K creates a 2-pair board of KK33. Klein makes a bet and Ruffin instafolds (even though he could only have lost to a bigger pair or a K or 3, in which case he would’ve been beat the entire time).

Antonio then gives us his first “weeeeee” of the season and shows viewers a pretty cool magic trick with Silly Bandz.

Antonio then took a really nice pot $319k pot off Doyle – sometimes the cards just dictate on their own that all the money will go in.

Viffer’s 9, 2 then failed miserably in trying to outplay Ruffin’s K, 3. Fact is even a bet of $100k means practically nothing to Ruffin, with all his money and a mountain of chips at the table. Ruffin had no problem calling all of Viffer’s bets with just top pair and crap kicker, which sort of made Viffer look like an idiot. Norm makes an astute observation that you don’t try to beat recreational players with fancy plays, but rather with fundamentals. Viffer indeed made a cardinal error many pros make against amateurs and it cost him big!

Huge last pot between Barry (who only runs it once, no matter what) and Antonio. Antonio managed to connect on the turn to complete one of his many draws and defeat Barry’s flopped set of 4s, winning $600k.



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Robbie Strazynski

Robbie founded in 2009. A veteran member of the poker media corps, in addition to writing and video presenting, Robbie has hosted multiple poker podcasts over the years, including Top Pair, the Red Chip Poker Podcast, The Orbit, and the CardsChat Podcast. In 2019, Robbie translated the autobiography of Poker Hall of Famer Eli […]


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