Tom Dwan’s Big Win Takes Center Stage On High Stakes Poker

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Tom Dwan picked up a win of over $300,000 on this week’s edition of High Stakes Poker.

In the history of High Stakes Poker there are few players who have moved the needle the way that Tom Dwan has. On this week’s episode of HSP, Dwan was his usual aggressive self, playing plenty of hands and when all was said and done he had in fact moved the needle this week, to an uptick of over $300,000.

It didn’t take long for the fireworks to start. On the first hand of the show, Jason Koon, who took Phil Ivey’s seat last week, straddled to $1,600. Action folded around to Jake Daniels in the big blind and he raised to $4,000 with Kc3h. Koon checked his cards and then told Daniels, “I’m going to call you with a really bad hand” before putting in the additional $2,400 with Ts5d. The AsTc6h flop gave Koon middle pair. Daniels bet $2,700 and Koon called. The turn was the Ah and Daniels fired again, betting $8,100 into the $14,600 pot. Koon called. The Ac completed the board and Daniels took some time before betting $40,000. Koon tanked for a full minute before folding, giving Daniels an early $16,200 boost.

The hot streak continued for Daniels on the next hand. After Daniels straddled for $1,600, Koon raised to $3,500 with Kh6h, Dwan called with Kc9c, and Hernandez came along with Th9h. Daniels also called with 8h5d. The Ts8c8s flop gave Daniels trip eights. Everybody checked to Dwan who bet $5,500. Hernandez and Daniels called forcing a fold from Koon. The Jc turn improved both Hernandez and Dwan’s outs, but left Daniels ahead. Action checked again to Dwan and fired $22,000 into the pot. Hernandez folded and Daniels called to see the Ah river. Daniels checked to Dwan who contemplated a bet before frustratingly tapping the table to check, giving Daniels the opportunity to show the winner and take the $75,700 pot.

With Phil Hellmuth steaming after laying down pocket tens earlier in the session, the 15-time World Series of Poker Bracelet winner raised to $3,800 with AdTd after Dwan straddled. Lazaro Hernandez re-raised to $8,500 with AcKd which got Hellmuth talking.

“I love poker,” Hellmuth told the table. “You guys can’t beat me today I don’t think.”

Meanwhile, Dwan called with Jd5d before Hellmuth folded. The Jh9h2c flop gave Dwan control with top pair. Dwan check-called Hernandez’s bet of $15,000. The 4s turn gave Dwan another opportunity to check to Hernandez who threw out a bet of $25,000. Dwan called again. The 4h river changed nothing and Dwan checked again. Hernandez bet $30,000 into the $102,800 pot. Dwan took some time before calling and showing the winner to take down the biggest pot of the night to that point.

Daniels and Koon weren’t done clashing though. Daniels opened to $2,200 with KcKh before Koon, sitting to Daniels’ direct left, three-bet to $8,000 with QhQs. Action folded back to Daniels who put in yet another raise, this time making it $29,000 to go. Koon called to send the two players to a flop of KsJd4s. Daniels led out for $14,300 and Koon called. The 3s turn gave Koon outs to a flush. Daniels did not slow down and bet $40,000 and Koon called again. The river was the 2h and Daniels moved all in for $128,400. Koon asked for an official count and spent nearly five minutes in the tank before calling and being shown the winning hand. Daniels won the $425,400 pot to add $213,000 to his stack.

All of that money didn’t stay in Daniels’ stack for long. Dwan straddled, and Hellmuth raised to $3,600 with Ks9s. Daniels re-raised to $11,500 with Ac9h, Dwan called with 9d7d and Hellmuth folded. The flop came 4d3c3d and Dwan checked to Daniels who bet $8,200. Dwan raised to $30,000 and Daniels called. The Qh turn was a brick for both players. Dwan checked to Daniels who bet $40,200 which got another call from Dwan. The Td turn completed Dwan’s flush draw but he opted to check. Daniels took the bait and bet $90,000. Dwan tanked briefly before calling to take down the $349,000 pot. After the hand, Daniels admitted he didn’t notice that the river completed a potential flush draw.

That was the final hand of the episode and ensured Dwan finished as the big winner. Dwan won $331,700 on this episode. Daniels was the only other player to crack the six-figure win mark, taking home $128,800. Hernandez was the biggest loser on this episode, dropping $108,700.

The next episode of High Stakes Poker airs on Wednesday, March 3 on PokerGO.

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