Recap of HSP Season 5, Episode 7

Published on April 13th, 2009 2:40 am EST

season 5 - episode 7 recap - high stakes pokerAfter the high drama of last week's episode that featured an epic pot between Tom "durrrr" Dwan and Barry Greenstein, fans received a fairly boring installment of "High Stakes Poker" this week that didn't really contain any notable or overly interesting hands.

There was a new line-up of players this week which featured the likes of:

Phil Laak, Howard Lederer, Joe Hachem, Nick Cassavetes, Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Patrik Antonius and Sam Simon

The blinds were $400/$800, with $200 antes.

Patrik Antonius won the first hand of the episode after re-raising pre-flop with pocket Aces and not finding any takers.

The second hand of the episode was won by Howard Lederer, after he followed through with a continuation bet after a flop of K-7-6 holding A/Q offsuit.

There were really two interesting hands on this episode:

1. Hachem vs Lederer.

Lederer raised pre-flop holding 10-10, while Joe Hachem elected to just call with J-J.

After a flop of K-7-6 (all spades), Howard Lederer led out with a bet of $4,500, and Hachem elected to call.

The turn brought the 5 of spades, giving Lederer a flush (he held the 10 of spades).

Lederer checked. Hachem bet $8,500 (with no spades in his hand), Lederer raised to $18,500, Hachem re-raised to $38,500, and Howard Lederer eventually elected to fold.

2. Laak vs Simon.

Phil Laak and Sam Simon inexplicably each put in over $10,000 pre-flop holding ten-high (Laak held 10-2, Simon held 10-4).

After a flop of 8-9-J with two diamonds, Simon bet $30,000, and Phil Laak elected to call.

After the turn brought the Ace of diamonds, Simon checked, and Phil Laak bet $50,000, taking down the pot.


All in all, this was a pretty underwhelming episode that was heavy on table chatter and light on exciting hands. Let's hope that next week provides a bit more action.

How much do you want to bet that Tom Dwan is asked to play the entire season next year?


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