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One Drop’s Final Drip

Well, the latest incarnation of “The Big Game” drew to a close in magical fashion.  I am certainly not alone in drawing on the magical illusion.  Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari played smart and didn’t encounter the dread cooler.  Smart can look like magic.

I watched this off and on.  I managed to click my way out of a number of decisive moments.  One that I saw was Brian Rast’s  departure.  I also caught his parting interview. He said he wouldn’t let it affect him.  ROFL

Here is PokerNews description of the hand:

Next to go was Rast in sixth place, earnings just over $1.6 million for his finish after he was eliminated by Trickett in an exhilarating hand during Level 21 with the blinds at 300,000/600,000/75,000.

Rast had the button and Sam Trickett opened to 1.2 million from under the gun. Rast called and Esfandiari called from the big blind. The flop fell {4-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{8-Hearts} and Esfandiari checked. Trickett fired 1.8 million and Rast called. Esfandiari folded and the turn brought the {10-Spades}. Trickett tanked, then led out for 3.8 million. Rast called.

The {3-Spades} completed the board on the river and Trickett tanked before moving all in for 8.275 million, effectively. Rast snapped it off, tabling {a-Hearts}{j-Hearts} for a flopped flush, but Trickett turned over {3-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} for quad threes and won the pot.

My ROFL observation is a painful one.  There isn’t a player out there that doesn’t recall a similar “big hand” moment.  And, even with Brian’s disclaimer, those never go away. Ours may not have come at such a dramatic moment as it did for him.  But, they are burned into one’s consciousness. You relive them for years.  Brian has joined the club and protestations aside will live with that moment forever.

Sam Trickett had media darling status with his impressive credentials.  He did the “table captain” well in the early going putting better hands at test.  It was well done early but only ended up contributing to Antonio’s success.  My point is a worn one here.  He lacked the gear change necessary in these contests.  Antonio’s transmission never missed a gear.  He played as smart a game as I can recall and deserved the win.  He’d outgrown his buddies and deserved the win last night.

ADDENDUM:

My buddy Linda has an interesting take on Drips and Drops.   I agree but, hell, what is Las Vegas going to provide that isn’t deplorable at some level.

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  1. July 4th, 2012 at 09:18 | #1

    I remember meeting Antonio when he was a second tier guy on the professional poker scene. I was at an Ultimate Bet party in Las Vegas during the WSOP and the big stars there were Phil Hellmuth, Annie Duke, and Devilfish. No one paid much attention to Antonio.

  2. July 4th, 2012 at 13:00 | #2

    I can’t imagine where the great game of poker is going.  I didn’t expect it to stay quietly tucked away in my hip pocket but I wasn’t prepared for Black Friday, the whole Full Tilt horror story, our government’s idiocy, or the $1M tournament and my feelings on it.  I really don’t believe it was good for poker.

  3. July 4th, 2012 at 13:38 | #3

    Thanks for the visit, dear lady.  Those with short memories will not remember her or Iggy — the Godfather and Godmother of poker blogs.  She let me write on her site and a better “boss” I’ve never had.  Visit her and read the old postings.  Those were the days my friend; we thought they’d never end.  You’ll see the old dirt and and an honest look at the day.  Well, worth the visit.

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