Originally Posted by Jack Daniels
Not exactly on topic, but sort of....
I was just watching one of the National Heads Up Championship matches...
Player 1 held 99. Player 2 held A2. Final board was 66662. Player 2 wins with the absolute nuts...Quad sixes with an Ace kicker. Player one actually thought they split the pot until player 2 and the dealer pointed out the kicker, which, in this case, definitely mattered.
Like I said, sort of on topic.
Kristy Gazes v. Chad Brown.
What actually happened was, after the turn card was the 4th six, Kristy checked, and Chad bet out. Kristy called--her brain froze for this hand thinking kicker didn't matter because 4 sixes were out on board (no idea how she could think this, maybe just the pressure got to her).
Anyways, on river Kristy checked again, and this is the mind blowing part, Chad CHECKED??!!? His brain froze, he said after the hand he assumed that Kristy had an Ace as well after she called the turn so he didn't want to bother with putting more chips in the pot when they both were obv going to split. Laziness hurt him from gaining more chips there I guess. With the absolute nuts, on the final card, when your opponent has checked to you and you're the last to act, YOU HAVE TO BET OUT. Amazing how the this hand turned out.
But OMG, how can two of the more well known pros misread a situation that badly. When I saw this for the first time I was completely baffled by both of their explanations to why they played that way.
Crazy part is, if Brown pushes all-in on the river, Kristy probably calls thinking kicker doesn't matter.