Despite a few good hands, baby Mikey’s general principle is to go in swinging, just about playing everything and bluffing as much as possible. I believe Phil Hellmuth calls this “poker creature” the Jackal. Coach Danny N. tells Joe to move all in on a KsQs against Mikey’s 6h6d, on a flop of Kh,8d,Jd,4h. Joe takes the advice, and Mikey’s face drops, but he calls. The river’s a 5h, and Joe takes it.


Mikey gets a KhQs against Carter’s pocket AsAh and Paul Jr.’s 7h3d. The flop is 7c6hAd, to give Carter a trip. Paul’s out, Mikey calls 40K, and Carter’s cool as a cucumber – even when he gets an As on the turn. Four friggin’ ACES. Mikey asks if anyone’s checked Carter’s sleeve, as he goes out in 5th position.


Slowfinger Paul Sr. goes all in on AdKh against humble chip leader Carter’s Js6c on a flop of Qs4c6h. Carter folds. Paul Jr goes all in with 10K without looking at his cards. Joe raises, then folds. Carter raises on an open-handed straight draw (9s2s) against 7s,6s,5h,7c and Paul Sr.’s Qc8c. Carter folds, and Poppa Paul wins side pot, then beats Paul Jr. Junior’s gone at 4th position.


Joe raises on AdQd against Paul Sr.’s Ah9c before the flop of 7d,3h,Kc. Poppa’s all in, while Joe wonders if he’s bluffing. After agonizing, Joe folds – but he would have won had he raised the flop instead of calling. However, Poppa then admits to playing poker ( ) for 35 years. He’s playing the conservative.


Joe’s got KsJs and raises $95K instead of calling $24K. Paul Sr. gets AhQsd and wonders what to do. Meanwhile, Joker Joe pulls out and starts reading a “How to Build a Cheap Chopper” book, getting a chuckle out of Paul Sr., who folds. Carter’s got QhTh. Flop is Jh, 8c, 4d.Carter bets 100K. Joe goes all in with $150K. Carter calls 50K on his inside straight draw (three hearts). The turn is 5h, the river is 6s – and Joe wins.