‘Poker After Dark’ Wednesday Madness: Tom Dwan Competes, Sick $467K Pot (VIDEO), NBA Star Coolered

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If you missed Wednesday’s “Poker After Dark” high stakes cash game episode with Tom Dwan, we suggest watching the replay in full. Alan Keating lost a $467,000 pot to a river suck-out and then re-bought for $1 million, former NBA star Paul Pierce lost a sick cooler, and the often criticized Randall Emmett was a bit subdued verbally to the delight of viewers.

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Tom Dwan, Paul Pierce, Alan Keating, Randall Emmett, and Jennifer Tilly (l-r) on “Poker After Dark.” (Image: Twitter/Jennifer Tilly)

To make things even more interesting, Phil Hellmuth and actress Jennifer Tilly competed. The “Poker Brat” earned a modest $35,000 profit a day after losing $20,000 on the show. He is satisfied with the outcome.

While Hellmuth always draws attention, he wasn’t the star of this show. Tom Dwan’s presence and a sick hand between Rob Yong and Alan Keating made this episode a must-see cash game.

‘Poker After Dark’ Regular Tom Dwan Competes

Those who watched the old “Poker After Dark” on NBC are certainly aware of Dwan’s greatness. “Durrrr” surprised fans by competing in Wednesday’s high stakes cash game. He doesn’t often play poker in the US these days. He is busy grinding the nosebleed games in Macau and elsewhere around the world.

So, when the online poker legend shows up in Las Vegas to play on live-stream, fans will tune in. Last night, Dwan bought into the $100/$200 ($200 big blind ante) no-limit hold’em game for $300,000. That’s well above the $20,000 minimum buy-in. But with so many action players at the table, having a big stack is quite advantageous.

Dwan plays a bit tighter than he did back in 2009 when he burst onto the live poker scene. He still showed some of that old “Durrrr” aggression, however. He finished the session up $65,000.

Paul Pierce, on the other hand, left “Poker After Dark” early without any chips thanks to a sick cooler. In a hand against Rob Yong, the Boston Celtic great got it all-in on the turn with pocket nines on a 9-2-3-4 board. But his opponent had the nut straight (6-5) and the board didn’t pair on the river, giving Yong the $68,300 pot.

Sickest Hand of the Day

Yong, a Partypoker executive, made a questionable call on a draw to win the biggest pot of the night at the expense of Las Vegas high stakes player Alan Keating.

Keating, who bought in originally for $300,000, played loose-aggressive throughout the night. He bluffed frequently and rarely checked a flop when in position. So, it was difficult for players to lay down a hand to his bets when they had any piece of the board.

But in the above hand, Keating actually hit the flop with top pair (queens) while holding A-Q. Yong also got a piece of the flop with his 7-4 of clubs on the 5-Q-4 board (bottom pair and backdoor flush draw). Keating bet $20,000 and received a call.

The deuce of clubs on the turn made things interesting because it gave Yong a flush draw with his small pair. But Keating wasn’t about to back down, so he moved all-in for $195,000, well above the $76,000 pot.

Yong thought for a couple minutes before deciding to gamble. With $467,000 of real money in the pot, a 4 appeared on the river, giving the Partypoker partner trips and a winning hand. So sick.

Keating came back with a bag full of cranberries ($25,000 chips) totaling $1 million. He ended the session down just over $300,000. Yong left up $180,000.

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