re: Poker & High Stakes Poker - Amateur loses 117K+ on 2-7
Salorio is a semi-pro, like the Greek guy : he plays poker a lot and has a job outside of it if I recall. He has given an account of why he played the hand his way and it was pretty much standard. If we weren't seeing the holecards, there was no way someone could see he had 2-7, plus he was putting Brandon on AA and thus trying to represent a King. If Brando had AA or QQ or JJ, would he have called ? The chances of him flopping trips if he had AK for example are slim and flopping quads is ridiculous. He would have outplayed Brandon 80% of the time, he just got unlucky and couldn't get away from the hand before dropping so much.
Phil Hellmuth's later bluff with 2-7 was way more horrible IMHO, what with him trying to talk Baxter out of the hand, sizing his river bet so bad and pointing to him that he knew exactly what he had. If an opponent knows exactly what you have and bets 5/6 of the pot on the turn when he is usually betting every pot light, wouldn't red flags go off ? Matusow made the same freaking mistake when he had quads against Hellmuth: he opened his mouth and lost his river call.