Filming is under way for the 2008 PartyPoker.com Poker Nations Cup.
In this unusual tournament, six nations each send a team of six players, who
take it in turns to play one-table heats and try to bank points for the team.
Here is a remarkable pot involving Benjamin Kang from Germany and Marcel Luske,
captain of the Dutch team.
It's the third hand of the match; each
player (of six) begins with $5,000 in chips and the blinds are $50-$100.
Everyone passes round to Kang's small blind and he completes the big blind.
Luske finds K3 in the big blind, and checks.
The flop comes a beautiful 633, no flush
draw. Kang checks and Luske (in tricky-trapping mode, keen not to lose his
customer) checks behind. The turn comes 5 and Kang checks again. Luske cannot
resist now betting 150, which Kang calls.
The river is a jack. Kang
bets out 400. Luske raises to 900. Kang calls and raises a further 1,500. Many
players would now move all in with Luske's well disguised cards, but I'm pretty
sure I wouldn't. Kang has played so strong on the river, he should have a very
big hand or nothing - he can either call with ease to knock me out, or would
pass for the reraise anyway - so, not loving the situation, I keep him honest
with a flat call. In my book, that's good poker.
But my book isn't
Luske's. He stares at Kang. He thinks for a long time. He considers his trip
threes. He stares at Kang some more. And then, for only 1,500 into a pot of
3,100, he folds his hand. This is truly one of the greatest poker players of
all time: Kang had J3.