2022 US Poker Open: Ever wondered what you would do if Q4o were your hole cards? Probably not as these aren’t jackpot hole cards and a player with sound mind would probably just fold. But hey, you are not Phil Hellmuth, are you? Definitely not! This 16-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner begs to differ and how!
During the 2022 US Poker Open, Event #9: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em, Hellmuth (950,00 stack) took the 3-bet route and threw 350,000 from the big blind against Alex Foxen’s pocket nines who opened with 125,000 from a 3.2 million stack (blinds at 30,000/60,000/60,000). Everyone expected Hellmuth to be kind enough to fold. But did the Poker Brat fold? Hell no! He went ahead and played those not-so-popular hole cards. This pro didn’t just stop there, he also added a comment while throwing in those chips. He said, “Yeah, I guess I better play to win.” Guess what happens next?
Many jaws-dropped and dropped right down to the floor as nobody, just nobody expected Hellmuth to play this hand. One of PokerGo’s commentators Jeff Platt added, “Nobody would call here.” Another commentator, Brent Hanks added, “Not a single person. Absolutely nobody is putting the rest of the money in.”
But does Hellmuth care about others and what they have to say about his unmatched poker game? No! And for some reason poker gods decided on siding with Hellmuth on his Q4o call.
The board opened . The stars were truly aligned with Hellmuth and Foxen was left fuming as the record-breaking WSOP champion’s Q4o hand triumphed over the latter’s pocket nines. Trips won and two-pair lost. This was Jonathan Little’s sentiment too. Twitterati had by then lost their mind over Hellmuth’s decision and many wanted to know what Little had to say about this. PokerCoaching.com’s founder tweeted in favour of Hellmuth which left many disappointed in a way.
Multiple people have asked me to analyze this hand. It is simple. Trips > Two Pair https://t.co/o3P7fbgpSr
— Jonathan Little (@JonathanLittle) March 26, 2022
Little wasn’t the only poker pro weighing in on the Twitter debate. Jason Koon also tweeted sarcastically about Hellmuth’s controversial poker move. Koon started by saying he can explain why the 3-bet move wasn’t all that bad, but later tweeted saying, “Just Kidding.” This did not surprise the Twitterati who probably agree with Koon.
1/6 a thread. Here is why the @phil_hellmuth 3b and call off with Q4o wasn’t as bad as it looks.
— Jason Koon (@JasonKoon) March 26, 2022
‘Guess I better play to win’ he says hahaha. Mate, if you want to play to win you’d best just stay home. https://t.co/MVOcsVQU49
— Lex Veldhuis (@LexVeldhuis) March 26, 2022
— Kevin Martin (@KevinRobMartin) March 25, 2022
Everyone’s gonna be 3betting the Q4o on Sunday aren’t they?
— Spraggy (@spraggy) March 26, 2022
Well, with all that went down on the poker felts and Twitter, one can safely say, there’s no perfect call written in the poker textbooks. What many felt was the worst hand to play, the world renowned poker pro played, won and survived to play ahead. What do you feel? Tell us in the comments below.
With a Masters’s Degree in Journalism and Communication, Mrinal Gujare currently is cruising through an exciting genre of writing and editing at Gutshot Magazine. Apart from being an Editor, Mrinal is an avid reader and a former contemporary dancer. She is also perennially hungry for intriguing scoops from across the globe. No holds barred is the rule Mrinal follows in life.
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