There was some massive cash game action on the outskirts of the City of Angels over the holiday weekend. The final day of the Hustler Casino Live's Million Dollar Game concluded last night with a bang. When the dust settled, the combatants set a new record for largest pot in televised/streamed poker history. And once again the infamous 'Wes Side' was involved.
The buy-in for the Hustler Casino Live's Million Dollar Game has a minimum of $1 million. The no-limit hold'em stakes are $500/$1K with a $3K big blind ante. Tom Dwan made a cameo and joined Doug Polk, Rob Yong, Haralabob Voulgaris in addition to HCL regulars like Nik Airball and Wesley 'Wes Side' Fei. Wesley bought in for $3 million.
The hand began with a $7K raise from LSG Hank with . Wesley raised with . Doug Polk, sitting to Wesley's left, mentioned that he saw Wesley's hand who did not properly conceal his cards when he initially peaked at them. Wesley raised to $30K. Polk folded, and Wesley pushed his hand in front of Polk.
"I know what you have," laughed Polk, who finally looked at Wesley's cards. "Yep."
Handz folded , before it was Dwan's actions. His hand did not get picked up by the RIFD reader, so everyone watching the stream has a little bit of extra drama. Dwan started the hand with $1.5 million, and Wesley had about $2.8 million at that point.
Dwan had just been bluffed in a hand, but he four-bet to $100K. LSG Hank folded. Wesley fired out a five-bet to $275,000. Dwan, dressed in a black ensemble, sat back in his chair and glared at Wesley who was clad in a white hoodie and sunglasses. Dwan peeks at his cards another time and eventually calls. They build a pot more than a half of a million -- $562K to be exact -- and the two players have yet to see a flop.
The flop was . Dwan checked to Wesley.
"How much do you have?" asked Wesley.
"About 1.25," said Dwan, which silenced the table chatter.
Dwan had approximately $1.3M at that point and Wesley sat on a stack worth $2.6M.
Wesley bet $125,000, which Dwan asked the dealer to confirm the number. Dwan peeked at his cards again, and eventually called after some deliberation. The pot was now $812,000.
"This table has not been this quiet in four days," said announced David Tuchman.
Dwan called, and the pot swelled to $1.5 million.
The dealer dealt the river card. The appeared. Dwan instantly checked.
"All in," said Wesley who had approximately $2.1 million behind.
Wesley had Dwan covered, who had only $786K.
"He said all-in?" Dwan quizzed the dealer. "For sure?"
The dealer confirmed Wesley moved all-in. Dwan stood up and grabbed a bottle of water, while Wesley put his head down. The rest of the table sat still and in silence.
"What the fuck?" said Dwan, who sipped his water and sat back down. "This is a weird fucking hand."
Dwan verbalized his internal dialogue, which made his final decision even more compelling for the streaming audience.
"Doug saw his hand, tried to talk him out of three-betting. Three-bet anyway. I guess he flopped an eight, but seems very hard to fold."
Dwan laughed and took another sip of water.
"I'm gonna feel dumb when he rolls over 8-7 suited or some shit. Or 9-7 suited. What the fuck?" said a perplexed Dwan.
Dwan wiggled back and forth in his chair and shuffled chips with his left hand while he studied the board again.
"You could just have Aces," said Dwan. "It does seem like you have Aces. I'm gonna feel dumb if you do."
Dwan unscrewed the cap to his water bottle, and took a long sip, while Wesley kept his head down on the table.
"What the fuck?" Dwan muttered in between sips, while Haralabob silently studied Dwan from his perch in the seat next to him.
Dwan checked his cards, and counted down his stack.
"Feels like he flopped fucking trips, but..." said Dwan, who did not finish his thought.
At that point, the stream finally recorded Dwan's hand which were two black Queens.
"Lucky trips huh?" said Dwan before he firmly pushed a stack of chips above the betting line.
Wesley picked up his head, tabled his cards, and sheepishly looked in Dwan's direction.
The final pot size was $3.1 million, which set a record for largest cash game pot in live TV/streamed poker history. A shaking Wesley gathered his composure and pushed his losing chips toward the dealer.
"Ahhhhh, can't bluff Tom," deadpanned Wesley.
"What a call," said someone out of camera range.
"Wesley, you're champion," said Nik Airball.
"You have more heart than anyone here," added Polk.
"They won't be calling you a nit on the internet now," said Haralabob.
“I think I'll have a beer,” said Dwan while he pulled in the $3.1 million pot. "I called off 1,500 big blinds with one pair."
"Tom turned his Queens into a bluff catcher," Wesley said in a post-hand interview with Joey Ingram. "But I can't give up on the river. You have to have some heart to do that."