Antonius, Ivey, and Negreanu Get Into a Three-Way Battle On High Stakes Poker

Patrik Antonius, Phile Ivey, and Daniel Negreanu played a strange but entertaining pot on a recent High Stakes Poker episode. Yet, past demons seemed to have partially influenced the outcome.

PokerGo aired Season 9 Episode 13 on Monday Night, and it was among the most viewed shows this season. A new roster replaced last week's final table, and it included Antonius, Ivey, Negreanu, Doyle Brunson, Jason Koon, Jonathan Gibbs, Tom Dwan, and Stanley Tang.

Dwan scooped several huge pots as he used his old poker tricks. For instance, when the pot had $18,000 and the board was {8-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}, the player wagered $10,000 against Tang.

The food delivery application creator held {j-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} on a weak flush and check-raised Dwan to $40,000. Even so, Dwan didn't hesitate to place his stack in the middle and got a $98,000 pot.

The Three-Way Action Flop

Most poker diehards won't forget Antonius, Ivey, and Negreanu's hand soon despite it not being the biggest pot this season. Instead, the largest one took place last week after Krisj Menon won almost $1,000,000 after beating Bryn Kenney.

Antonius used {5-Spades}{5-Diamonds} to raise from a middle position to $2,500 as he kicked off the action. Gibbs, who sat to his left, called him with {6-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} as Ivey held {k-Clubs}{10-Hearts} in the small blind, and Negreanu had {9-Spades}{9-Hearts} on the button. A {5-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} flop smacked the players and formed a cooler scenario.

Antonius wagered $5,000 that prompted Gibbs to fold while the other two players opted to call. A{10-Clubs} emerged on the turn, and it gave Ivey a few trips against two houses while Negreanu checked on the button. He placed a $26,000 bet, and both of them called and saw {q-Diamonds} on the river.

The hand was rechecked to DNegs, and he placed a $54,000 wager while Ivey folded. But Antonius had a different preference as his check-raise jammed to $153,000. Negreanu deliberated about his next move and mucked his cards to enable a weak full house to get the pot.

The Unexpected Bad Play Reward

Negreanu informed PokerNews journalists after the show that his loss to Gus Hansen's quad 5's might have influenced his decision in the game. He felt that the play was unjustified even though Antonius got the pot with a lesser hand.

The player claimed that Ivey couldn't call there, and Antonius' shove was horrendous. Also, he felt that Antonius ought to have called as he had a strong hand that couldn't beat many hands. So, an {a-}{10-} call would have been appropriate.

Negreanu added that Antonius likes competing with bad players. The "Kid Poker" got unlucky after his hand faced Durrrr. The pot had $166,000 when Negreanu held {a-Diamonds}{k-Clubs} on a {6-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{q-Clubs} board.

He checked it to an opponent who wagered $55,000 that put him all in. The GGPoker Ambassador called and got bad news after Dwan revealed {k-Spades}{q-Spades} a three-outer on the river.

The High Stakes Poker show will end after next week's episode, and it initially started in 2006 on the Game Show Network. Still, PokerNews will provide a recap of its highlights.


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