The high-balling hijinks continued on Poker After Dark with a $300K cash game (minimum buy-in) and $300/$600 stakes. The popular late-night TV series was rebooted by Poker Central last month. You can only watch the action via PokerGO's subscription site, but the PAD live streams have been worth the price of admission. High-stakes cash games have always been more fun to watch for the average viewer versus the long-slog of tournaments. Plus, the nosebleed stakes also means that you're guaranteed to have high-profile players versus televised tournaments in which the final table is often filled with random players and unknown amateurs.
The latest installment of Poker After Dark, titled "Perks of the Trade," included some regulars such as Doug Polk, Phil Galfond, Brian Rast, and Bill Perkins. Also in the mix this week: Aaron Zang, Dan 'Jungleman' Cates, Haralabob, and the one and only Rick Solomon. If you're not familiar with Solomon, I'm sure you know some of his former girlfriends such as actress Shannon Doherty and socialite Paris Hilton. And if you've seen the infamous Paris Hilton sex tape, then you've seen the full extent of Solomon's "range."
The action got dirty early on in the week when Haralabob and Phil Galfond squared off in a pot that was worth $700K. Haralabob woke up with pocket Aces and had 4-bet Galfond, who had to make a decision with Big Slick. After heading into the tank, Galfond five-bet shoved and Haralabob snap-called. They ran it twice, and Galfond lost both boards. Aces held up for Haralabob.
The hand everyone is talking about? The $1 million dizzy between Aaron Zang and Rick Solomon. Zang flopped a set of eights, but Solomon turned a straight with . All the money went in on the turn. They ran the river twice, but Zang whiffed both times. when the dust settled, Zang lost the pot worth $926K.
Aaron Zang was also involved in some side action. In this hysterical video, Zang and Jungleman were in the middle of a hand. Jungleman's vs. Zang's . Both players flopped top pair with a Jack-high board and two spades. Zang turned a flush and that's when things got a little weird.
While Jungleman went into the tank to figure out the next course of action, Bill Perkins and Doug Polk wondered what was in Zang's bag. It was not a fanny pack, or a "man purse", but it sorta looked like a laptop case. The blinged-out bag became the source of a debate between Polk and Perkins. Each wondered how much cash (in the form of chips) Zang had inside the bag. Polk had to make a suggestion first and blurted out $700K. Perkins said $750K. They had a prop bet to see who would be the closest. Zang admitted he did not know the exact amount. Perkins is not shy to wager large sums of money on non-poker things. In March 2016, Perkins lost a large sum when Dan Bilzerian rode a bicycle from Vegas to LA. The wager with Polk was nowhere close to six figures, but it was still as degen as you can get.
After the hand ended (Jungleman folded), they unzipped the bag. Watch the video to see what happened next!