Two weeks ago on “Poker After Dark”, it was the first part of the $10,000 buy-in “Fight Night” sit-n-go style format game, which started players with 125,000 in chips. Among those in action were sports personality Nick Wright, Maria Ho, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, and Jon Aguiar. They were also joined by UFC ring announcer Bruce Buffer and daily fantasy sports legend Peter Jennings.
Last week’s episode marked Part 2 as seven were cut down to the final three, which was the money bubble as only the top two would get paid – the winner was set to take home $50,000 and the runner-up $20,000.
Wright began the episode as the chip leader with 443,000, Hellmuth sat in the middle with 270,000, and Jennings brought up the rear with 182,000. The action resumed in Level 13 with the blinds as 10,000/15,000/15,000.
Here’s a look at some of the most interesting hands from this week’s episode:
Jennings Gets It in Against Wright
In one of the first hands, Wright raised the button to 45,000 with the only to have Jennings three-bet jam for 132,000 from the small blind holding the . Hellmuth got out of the way and Wright called to create a 294,000 pot.
Jennings got it in good but Wright held two live cards. The flop wasn’t anything special, and neither was the turn.
Jennings just needed to dodge either a nine or seven on the river, which he successfully did when the bricked. Ship the double to Jennings!
Hellmuth Trips Up Jennings
With the blinds at 10,00/20,000/20,000, Wright raised to 70,000 from the button with the and Jennings moved all in from the small blind for 75,000 with the . Hellmuth was in the big and called with the and with no option to raise, Wright called as well to see a flop.
Jennings paired his king as was a big favorite, and he stayed in front on the turn after the two active players checked the flop. On the turn, Hellmuth bet 25,000 and Wright called to see the river, which was the giving Hellmuth trips.
Hellmuth bet 45,000, Wright folded, and Jennings discovered the bad news – that he finished as the bubble boy.
Hellmuth Has the Wright Stuff
Hellmuth limped the button for 10,000 with the and Wright checked his option holding the to bring about a flop of .
Wright checked top pair and then called when Hellmuth, who flopped middle pair, bet 40,000. The turn was gin for Hellmuth and he bet 55,000 after Wright checked for a second time. Wright quickly called and the completed the board on the river.
Wright opted to lead out for 65,000 and Hellmuth just called to win the 395,000 pot. With that win, Hellmuth chipped up to 700K while Wright was left with just 175,000.
“Now I’d say you’re a massive favorite, Phil,” Wright admitted.
Wright Flops the Joint; Hellmuth on the Ropes
Hellmuth looked down at the on the button and moved all in to put the pressure on Wright, who paused for a bit before calling off for 160,000 with the .
Hellmuth was actually ahead and a slight 54% favorite, but the flop left him with just a 3% runner-runner chance of winning after Wright flopped the stone-cold nuts.
The turn bumped Hellmuth to a 9% chance as a jack would give him a bigger straight, but the river was not it. Wright doubled on the hand to 350,000 and Hellmuth dropped to 525,000.
In the very next hand shown, Hellmuth moved all in with the from the button and Wright called off with the to create a 790,000 pot. The board ran out and Hellmuth was left with just 85,000.
A Hellmuth Comeback?
Not long after, Hellmuth got his short stack in with the only to have Wright roll over the . The flop made things spicy as Wright flopped a set but Hellmuth a diamond flush draw. The turn was no help to the “Poker Brat,” but the river was as he made the flush to double to 140,000. Meanwhile, Wright dropped to 735,000.
“I wasn’t expecting that one,” Hellmuth said.
Soon thereafter, Hellmuth got it in again, this time with the only to see Wright turn over the . Wright was close to winning it again, but the flop snatched it away by pairing Hellmuth. Neither the turn nor river helped Wright and Hellmuth doubled to 220,000.
A Classy Winner
Despite those wins, Hellmuth began to slide before the final hand of the SnG took place. It happened when Hellmuth had 40,000 in the middle and just 30,000 behind. Wright moved all in holding the and Hellmuth had little choice but to call off with the .
The flop was nothing too exciting, but the turn was as Hellmuth picked up a heart draw and had a 32% chance of staying alive. Unfortunately for him, his life isn’t a BeeGee’s song as the bricked on the river to give Wright the “W”.
Hellmuth had to settle for second place for $20,000 while Wright claimed the title and $50,000 in prize money. With that, Wright got a little revenge on Hellmuth (though the PAD episode actually filmed before High Stakes Duel, so technically it was Hellmuth who would go on to exact revenge).
“Nick played really well, honestly, from start to finish,” Hellmuth said after the match. “Classy guy on top of it and I enjoyed the match. I just get tilted. I’m emotional right now, I’m seething because I lost.”
Hellmuth then shook hands with Wright to put an end to “Fight Night” on Poker After Dark.
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