High Stakes Poker Season 7 Episode 5

Posted: October 5th, 2012

Episode Summary

High Stakes Poker Season 7 Episode 5 features the living legend Doyle Brunson getting his entire stack in the middle against the brash pro Vanessa Selbst; who comes out ahead? And Johnny Chan enters the game and immediately makes his presence known with his fearless aggression. THe last episode for these players features winners trying to be bigger winners and losers desperately trying to get unstuck before the second session begins; see who was successful on this edition of High Stakes Poker.

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(Starting with seat 1 and going in order)

  • Doyle Brunson-  Had his very own online poker room for a good portion of the 2000's.
  • Vanessa Selbst- Yale Graduate in addition to her poker prowess.
  • Barry Greenstein- Said "LoL Donkaments" on HSP for charity thanks to 2+2 members.
  • Antonio Esfandiari- Was a magician at one of Phil Hellmuth's parties before turning to poker for a living.
  • Johnny Chan- Immortalized by being "bluffed" by Matt Damon in the film Rounders.
  • Bill Klein- Billionaire philanthropist and recreational poker player.
  • David "Viffer" Peat- One of the biggest prop bettors in Vegas.
  • Andrew Robl- Plays in the biggest online cash games possible year round.

Most Notable Hand

It's always a notable hand when "Big Poppa" Doyle Brunson is involved, and in the fifth episode of the seventh season of High Stakes Poker, he got all his chips in the middle in a hand with Vanessa Selbst. David Peat had straddled the action up to $1,600, and Brunson was UTG with the eight-seven of diamonds and popped it up to $5,100. Selbst woke up next to him with big slick offsuit, and reraised to $14,000, which netted a call from Brunson. 

The flop was huge for both players; king-eight-deuce, two diamonds, giving Selbst top pair and Brunson a huge combo draw. They both somewhat surprisingly checked to the turn, which brought the jack of hearts. Brunson checked again, prompting Selbst to fire $17,400 into the $31,000+ pot. After a very short speech, Brunson shoved his entire $55,300 in the middle, getting a quick call from Selbst. 

They elected to run the river twice, but Brunson and his 32% hand were unable to get any help when a four of clubs and an ace of hearts hit the felt, giving the $142,200 pot to Selbst.

Big Winners/Losers (Episode)

  • Peat- +$80,600
  • Chan- +$49,400
  • Esfandiari- ($52,000)
  • Klein- (-$56,000)

Winners/Losers (Full Standings after Session 1)

  • Esfandiari- +$384,200 
  • Ruffin- +$336,200
  • Peat- +$285,700
  • Robl- +$130,000
  • Chan- +$49,400
  • Greenstein- (-$146,400)
  • Selbst- (-$155,400)
  • Brunson- (-$158,100)
  • Croak- (-$200,000)
  • Klein- (-$476,600)

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