Jean-Robert Bellande Proves to Be a Tough Opponent for Garrett Adelstein in $335,000 Pot on High Stakes Poker

Jean-Robert Bellande (JRB) was in a dilemma on what to do in High Stakes Poker Season 9 Episode 7 when he faced Garrett Adelstein. The dry board had a big hand that reached $335,000, and it is among the largest pots this season.

The starting stacks at the beginning of the PokerGO show were as shown below:

  1. Garret Adelstein-$346,000
  2. Daniel Negreanu-$254,000
  3. Bryn Kenney-$252,500
  4. Jean-Robert Bellande-$252,500
  5. Phil Ivey-$250,000
  6. Tom Dwan-$250,000
  7. Krish Menon-$249,500
  8. Jennifer Tilly-$245,500

Adelstein has participated in Live at the Bike for many years and is now a regular player at Hustler Casino Live, Los Angeles. Yet, he is known for making enough buy-ins to cover all players at the table.

The lowest buy-in in previous Season 9 episodes was capped at $100,000, and the stakes were increased to $250,000. The table had $2.3 million in total. The episode had familiar faces, but its characters differed from those in the previous episode.

It Is Difficult to Get Away

The recent High Stakes Poker episode had several exciting hands, but none caught the attention of many people more than the pot between Adelstein and Bellande. Still, the "G-Man's" hand off the bat wasn't exposed to allow bettors to choose what they would do if they were in JRB's spot before they saw their opponents' cards.

It is necessary to comprehend Adelstein's playstyle as he likes using huge over-bets to pull off bluffs. Still, the poker pro makes oversized river bets to balance it out once he gets the nuts.

The action started when Krish Menon limped for $1,000 with {4-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} in an early position. Adelstein then bumped it to $4,000 with an undisclosed hand from the middle position.

Tom Dwan used {8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} to call from a late position, while Bellande used {q-Clubs}{j-Spades} on the button to make another call. The four players saw a {j-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} flop when Melon came along the ride.

He check-folded as Adelstein wagered $9,000. Then, Bellande and Dwan called. The {q-Spades} turn gave Bellande the top two pair.

Adelstein made a $20,000 wager that made "Durrrr" leave the pot instead of Bellande. The {3-Hearts} was on the river when the pot had $85,500.

Adelstein didn't rush to benefit from the $125,000, which was more than the pot's size. Bellande had $170,000 chips before the river, which is equivalent to $45,000 on top of the wager he faced.

JRB made a fast call, just like other players whose hands would have the same strength would decide. Then, Adelstein turned over {k-Spades}{10-Spades} for the nuts before taking down a $335,500 pot.

Did Jennifer Tilly's Bluff into Kenney's Trips Work?

Jennifer Tilly is active in High Stakes Poker Season 9. She tried bluffing against Bryn Kenney in Episode 7 when he held a big hand, holding {a-Spades}{5-Spades} as Dwan had {9-Hearts}{6-Hearts}. They limped $1,000 from the middle position, and Tilly used {4-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} on the button to raise it to $10,000.

Kenney called as the flop came out {a-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{q-Clubs}. Tilly wagered out $10,000 as her story continued. Her opponent called, and this saw {a-Hearts} on the turn.


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