Royal Flush at the 2016 PCA – Huge Three-Way Pot

Mario Sanchez/ April 23, 2018/ Poker Tournament

So 31 remain here on day four of the pokerstars PCA 2016 main event. Getting to the business end. There’s no such thing as an actual business end to anything, though. Like a broom doesn’t have a– no, it doesn’t matter. I guess the brushy bit is the business end because it gets the business done. Right.

But where did that actually come from? Huh. So Tedeschi’s raised to 36,000 here. Philip McCallister culls out of a stack of 1.74 million. Yeah, that’s a lot of dimp.

Oh. All right. My bad. McAllister has the table chip lead, and in this end will have the advantage of position.

He’s on the button. Looks like we’ve got a decision. Decision is to call, as well. Rabah comes in from the picket blind.

So we’re three way to the flop. Chauriye Rabah. That flop is queen, eight, four with two clubs. Looks like Raba has checked to the raiser.

Makes sense. Tedeschi was actually on that French global poker masters team. So my guess is he’s a pretty good poker player. It’s been checked to McAllister.

I’ve been impressed by what we’ve seen from this guy today. He’s held the tournament chip lead at various points over the last 48 hours. He’s striking that pose that supposedly means you’re comfortable. A lot of poker players sit like that. –describe how you feel right now? If what?

You would describe how you feel right now as spectacular? This guy asks some weird questions. I don’t believe you. He’s nothing if not entertaining.

Back on training Poker. So the bet from McAllister is 48 K. There’s nothing you can do there, really. Rabah calls. What about the guy who started this with a pre-flop raise? Monsieur Tedeschi. I think it’s Paul Tedeschi, actually.

Seems like that’s a very common French first name, though– monsieur. No. No. 30-minute break. It’s The same thing as the last few days.

Yeah, 30-minute break at the end of this level, then one more level. Got it. How do you feel?

What? How areyou? I’m OK. Yeah. That’s a call, as well. We’re still three-way as we go to the turn. It’s really interesting.

What would he raise pre-flop with, not continue, but still call? And I think a lot of times, it’s gonna be hands like 10’s and jacks, 10’s that maybe he wants to take a free card with. If it jacks, he’s real happy right now.

Yeah, jack of hearts on the turn. I guess he could do with some absolute monsters, too. Slow play them. But I don’t know. I don’t see why he wouldn’t just see about that flop.

Rabah checks. And I think that was a check from Tedeschi. Yep. How much do you have in greens?

That’s 200 in greens? 225? He’s gone from the one arm on one shoulder to two arms on two shoulders, the old water slide pose, probably learned out there in the water park. Philip McAllister bets again– 136,000. So Tedeschi doesn’t even have a pot-sized bet left behind. Yeah.

Just realized he’s the effective stack here– 388,000. Rabah is the other big stack at the table. Yeah, this could be a potentially huge pot. Especially as it looks like he’s calling. Smallest chips in play are the yellow 1,000s. Blues are 5,000.

Greens are 25,000. No. Receipt or something? Unless Tedeschi’s really strong, I would be shocked to see him over-call here.

If he’s got a big draw, he might just show. Sure. But you can’t broadcast it, right?

OK. He’s counted out the call. He’s raised all in. Well, I think the worse he’s gonna have here is a monster draw.

I still kind of like him for jacks, and I guess queens is a possibility, too. That would explain why he wouldn’t want to see bet, because he knows he can’t get action on a board like that if three of the four queens are out. What just happened? McAllister just called.

He flats the all in. So this pot is huge. 1.1 million in the middle.

And Rabah still to act. I don’t know how you could handle this. It will cost him 252,000 to call. It’s pretty rare we would see two calls here. But look at the price he’s getting. OK, well– He does call.

So let’s be clear. We have one player all in. We have a pot of 1.4 million.

We’re going to the river with potential action on the side between the two big stacks at this table. I like that one the best. One and a half million in the middle. No one has a pot-sized bet left behind now. Good point.

River card is the ace of hearts. So the flush draw gets there. The back door flush draw, the back door straight draw. Do these two just check it down?

No, they don’t. He bets 300. It’s a pretty small bet.

But I don’t see why you would bet here unless you’re betting for value. There’s no point in bluffing McAllister off the hand. So 300,000 into the side pot. Tedeschi competing for the main pot of 1.4 million. And now, McAllister moves all in! And he’s got Rabah covered!

How does everyone have a hand here? I have no idea. But obviously, Rabah’s committed most of his stack in this hand. He’s got 851 K left.

1.175, I think. Don’t be mad if I bluff you off a chop. What is– what hand does he think that they could be chopping with? King, 10, right? Yeah. I mean, there’s only– I don’t even see how they could both have king, 10 because the only king, 10 that gets this far is king, 10 of clubs or king, 10 of hearts.

It works OK for me. No, I’m saying in this pot. Oh, on this pot I shouldn’t speak? OK. No, him.

Him, him. And that’s true, yeah. Oh, all right. OK. McAllister really shouldn’t say anything. Tedeschi– technically, this is not a heads-up pot. I don’t know the poker etiquette, obviously.

It’s not even really adequate. This is a rule. It is a rule. This pot is officially multi-way, with Tedeschi already all in. Now McAllister’s all in.

And if Rabah calls, he’s all in. I like this angle. It looks like he’s wearing, like, a karate headband. Daniel-san! This is a monster, huh?

How much is in there? A lot. Roughly, roughly, roughly? Roughly a lot. Also, you’re not in the hand, dude. You shouldn’t say anything.

This may not want it. That’s a huge one. Stop talking. Why, the hand’s done? It’s not done. Oh, do you not call?

Oh, all right. I thought you called. Sorry. He went all in.

I thought he called, though. Sorry. That’s really the mistake I’ve made. You get to see the hand afterwards.

So, I mean– Man, he’s got a real decision. He’s been in the tank for over two minutes. Do you think he thinks this hard with king-10? Obviously, he doesn’t have a flush. I mean, there’s only one king, 10 he can have. Is this the classic why did I bet 300,000 on the river expression?

Yeah, right. ‘Cause it just looked like such an easy bet to raise. I don’t know what Tedeschi’s got. But he’s got to be thinking, this ain’t good for me.

Three minutes now. Sorry, guys. I mean, not only is this for his tournament life, but it could be for the tournament chip lead, too.

I think it’s fair to say that this is probably the biggest pot of the tournament so far. I mean, even though it says side pot 300,000, the side pot’s more like 1.5 million. Yeah. Which puts 3 million in the middle. Granted, Rabah can only win 851,000, additionally.

Coming up on the four-minute mark. Think anyone at the table calls the clock soon? I know you are sick. But I don’t know if you are that sick.

What does that mean? It means he has a really strong hand. Flip a coin, literally.

It’s probably best. I’ve lost my phone. We don’t care. Yeah.

I’ll give you two minutes, and then I’ll call the clock. Sorry. So that’s two minutes plus one minute. That’s three minutes to make a decision.

This hand’s been 17 minutes. Has it really? I mean, at least. I looked up when it said 46. Baffling the way this hand is played out.

That’s a call! No, it’s a fold. Yes!

And he likes what he sees. Oh, no. King, 10 clubs. King, 10 of hearts for a royal flush!

It is a royal! And look at that. Tedeschi did have a set of queens. What a terrible, disgusting run out for what is going to be the best hand almost always. Runner, runner, perfect, perfect royal flush. I’m trying to remember the last time we saw– I’ve never seen one.

–a royal flush in an EPT, let alone on the feature table. That is absolutely disgusting. And a royal flush that eliminates a player who flops top set! Flop the nuts, lose to the super mega ultimo nuts. A royal?

Yeah. Wow. I knew he was gonna leave 300. Lucky, well, we should evaluate it.

I want to know what Rabah folded. Oh, you’re not small, are you? Big one? Give me one more hand, bro.

OK, OK. It’s yours. It’s yours. That was the craziest hand I’ve ever seen. We might never know, but we do know Philip McAllister now has 2.7 million. Did he fold a flush or just king, 10 of clubs?

Sick.

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