Bill Klein may certainly not be a household name to the casual poker observer, but something he does when he plays makes him a rather unique individual; whatever he wins when he plays cash games? It goes to one of the two charities he supports, which is awesome. But what happens if he gets wiped out for a massive amount at the tables instead? Well, the charities also love that result; he matches any loss with a check to the same two charities. In other words, the charities are rooting for Klein to do anything other than break even on the felt this season on High Stakes Poker.
One hand after Vanessa Selbst was felted when her pocket queens were run down by Phil Ruffin's set of threes, Bill Klein looked down at two aces under the gun and opened the action for $3,000. The super aggressive David "Viffer" Peat called with jack-ten of hearts, and Ruffin defended his big blind with a motley jack-four of spades.
The flop provided plenty of sparks, with a king-ten-five, two heart board that gave Klein an overpair and Peat a massive combo draw. Ruffin checked and Klein fired $7,000 into the pot, which Peat chose to raise to a total of $24,000. Klein was undeterred and put in a three bet to $67,000, giving Peat pause for a moment. He came out of the tank with a four bet all-in to $209,200, prompting Klein to take a sip from his water bottle and state, "I didn't expect that!"
A few seconds later, though, Klein announced a call, and we had what amounted to a $428,600 coin flip between Klein and Peat. Klein was able to dodge the turn when a harmless four of clubs peeled off, but the river was another four; the four of hearts, which earned Peat a mammoth pot and put Klein and his drive for winning (or losing) for charity off to a fast start in the wrong direction.