Phil Hellmuth criticized for "going south" as he demanded money from Mike Matusow during a televised cash game at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles.
At the end of August, big poker stars gathered for a high stakes cash game at Live At the Bike! with JJ De La Garza as the episode's commentator.
The players were Phil Hellmuth, Mike "The Mouth" Matusow, Antonio Esfandiari, Daniel ‘Jungleman' Cates, Brandon Cantu, Bill Klein, Garrett Adelstein, Nick Vertucci and Randall Emmett. Blinds were set at $50/$100/$200 but since they are not your ordinary poker pros who like to play it safe, stakes are expected to increase quickly.
Not only are they regular high rollers, but some of them are known to be regularly full of hot air as well, which means the verbal banter will be just as interesting as the card action itself.
Mike Matusow Goes from Hero to Zero On one round, Matusow began with a super strong duo, Pocket Aces, but in the end he found himself clashing against Adelstein who was holding 6 and 7 of clubs. The flop showed 9-8-10, the turn was K, and the river was 6, which gave Adelstein the win for his straight. The final pot was $84,725.
Phil Hellmuth Takes Half of Matusow's Chips Midway It turns out Mike Matusow was staked at 50% by Hellmuth for this particular high stakes cash game.
Despite the misfortune that he encountered earlier against Adelstein, Matusow was doing pretty well overall at the table.
After a few hours, Hellmuth suddenly stood up mid-session and said as he gathered his chips from the table, "Mike, I'm going to have to quit, bro. It's only fair I can get off, bro. The first one is your money, so just give me half, bro."
To which Matusow replied, "You know what, I am as happy as I could be to take you off. You are off!"
With that, Matusow immediately began to count his chips and cut his stack in half. Hellmuth explained that Matusow will still play. Matusow confirmed as he counted the chips off his stack to give to Hellmuth. The other players at the table obviously did not like what they were all seeing.
While the others remained remarkably calm and quiet, one of them said it was not cool for Hellmuth to remove chips from the table as everyone was deepstacked before that. Hellmuth replied, "You can quit if you like." Matusow then told Hellmuth he should have asked what the other players think before taking chips off the table.
This incident transpired as Dan ‘Jungleman' Cates and Nick Vertucci were going head to head where the pot grew to $5,600. Cates' pocket Aces were superior compared to Vertucci's K-6, with the board showing King-high by the turn. Vertucci decided to fold and Cates won the pot.
Matusow eventually paid Hellmuth around $20,000, to which The Poker Brat hollered, "Woo hoo hoo, yum yum yum!"
Taking chips off the table while the action is still ongoing, or "going south", is a move frowned upon in the live poker scene and it is deemed as poor etiquette.
It could be that Lady Luck did not like what Hellmuth did when he took chips from Matusow, and so she was going to make him suffer the consequence in the next round...
Phil Hellmuth Blows Up and Storms Off Set As the viewers thought that the play would resume normally after that, in the next round Hellmuth has shown once again his Poker Brat behavior by blowing up and storming off set.
The trigger was he got bluffed big time by Nick Vertucci with Ace High on the river as Hellmuth was holding Pocket Aces.
It's an amateur call of Mike Matusow with AA versus Garrett Adelstein with 76 and on the table 9, 8, T and K. Very big mistake that made him to lose all the chips at that time. You can't do that after the turn. I liked that bluff against AA of Phil Hellmuth.
Having 67 clubs when the flop coming up with 9-10-8 is like having a cheat code in a videogame - however you are looking at it, it's just not fair... I wonder what went through the guy'ss head who was holding the pair of aces. It's ridiculous.
If no bluffs were involved, he would win everything. Those hands show the problems with a big pocket pair on tricky boards. If you call with them, it can easily be a mistake, but if you fold them, it can also be a mistake.
this is normal behaviour for phil hellmuth and when he is not crazy,its not normal game !but at this point,it was his fault and he can only be mad on himself when he didnt make better end at this hand!he had AA and he should lead game,but he wanted to make like this!but love to see when he is mad and he tell other players to shut up!
Posted by bowie1984: Having 67 clubs when the flop coming up with 9-10-8 is like having a cheat code in a videogame - however you are looking at it, it's just not fair... I wonder what went through the guy'ss head who was holding the pair of aces. It's ridiculous.
I think this is a fairly common occurrence in poker ... I myself have had a similar situation many times .... when I have 2 cards in my hand I flop three cards that I needed ... and I also watched it of my opponents in the game .... so I don’t think it seems like some kind of fraud ... everything is fair ... in poker a variety of situations happen
It is normal to lose ourselves in this way, but usually we lose these cardss with all in. Phil Hellmuth he didn't lose all the chips and he played poorly. Sometimes you're crazy and you play modestly, to earn some extra chips, but in the end you lose your hand. Mistakes are obvious and they come depending on what gets on the flop or turn.
That is the thing with pocket aces. They dont win all the time, especially when you slow play them. I did atop way early when starting poker slow playing them. It is an all in preflop hand for me. But for the professionals in cash games probably this isnt the storey.
Hellmuth will probably be same player with 70 years and he will have same reactions on hands!in this hand other player didnt had luck on river or something,he just had great bluff and everything was on phil side!
Well, the truth is that when you have a pair of Ace in hand, you have practically won the game but many times the flop plays you find haha if I open it past that until there are times that I am winning and the river ends up shitting everything I had been carrying it well hahaha but well they are things that happen one can not foresee the future
Their desire to get a very good stack with AA it makes you play in a way where you have a high enough chance of losing this hand. Normally Phil Hellmuth he should insult himself for the way in which he played this hand and Matusow should be ashamed.