Tournoi de Poker chez Eva Longaria et Tony Poker
Ci-joint un article issu du Miami Herald, où Phil Hellmuth, un des "bad boys" connus de la scène internationale ayant à son actif 9 bracelets WSOP, décrit une partie organisée à l'occasion de l'anniversaire de Tony Parker, avec entre autres l'équipe des SPURS et Eva Longoria (l'actrice, au delà des "parties du vendredi "de Desperate Housewives, est dans la vrai vie une fan de poker. No comment...). Ou comment joindre l'agréable à l'agréable...
"I was attending Game 1 of the Dallas Mavericks/San Antonio Spurs series in San Antonio. Being there with one of the minority owners, Ken Kamp, allowed me access to the owners' lounge for a snack at halftime. While Ken and I walked back to the lounge, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker of the Spurs came rushing out of the locker room, headed back to the court. As Parker whizzed by, he threw us a quick ''Hi.'' That was Sunday.
On Friday of that week, Maxim magazine's most beautiful woman in the world, Eva Longoria, called my agent to invite me to Game 6 in Dallas -- and to emcee Parker's (her longtime boyfriend) birthday party the day afterward. I accepted, and Longoria had my son and me sitting courtside for Game 6. Wow, what a game! (The Spurs won.)
On Saturday night, Parker was surprised to see me walk into the room. But this wasn't a birthday party so much as it was a poker tournament with deluxe surroundings. I was to emcee and play at the event. Talk about a hardcore poker party: this was a $300 buy-in no-limit Texas hold 'em poker tournament, with re-buys, professional dealers and even a floor man -- and everyone in the room was playing! The San Antonio Spurs are so into poker that they keep records for the entire year (Michael Finley, another great player, won their last tournament).
In the first hand dealt, with starting chips of $10,000, the blinds were $100-$200, and I limped in with Js-7s. With five callers, Parker raised it up $700 more, and two players called. Now I inquired about the re-buy structure, and was told that I could re-buy for just $200 more. So I thought, ``I have the microphone, I'll move all-in, and I'll announce it. If no one calls, I'll win $2,400 uncontested. But if Parker calls, I'll probably double him up, but that's OK because re-buys are only $200 more. If Parker calls and I win, then I'll have over $20,000 in chips, so I'll be able to play super tight, and I'll have a reputation as a loose cannon at the table, which will allow me to accumulate even more chips.''
So I moved all-in, Parker called and showed A-K off suit. I was less than a 2-to-1 underdog, though not by much, but the flop was J-10-7, giving me two pair. Now I was secretly rooting for Parker to win the pot. He deserved it, because he had started with the best hand, and for Pete's sake, it was his birthday. But then an ace came off on fourth street. Now Parker needed a 10 (two left), a queen (four left), a king (three left) or an ace (two left), so that he had 11 wins to my 33 wins, making him a 3-to-1 underdog. The last card was a four, and I won the pot.
After the re-buys ended, and the real tournament began, Parker and Longoria each had $50,000 in chips, and I had over $60,000, but there were still more than 50 players left battling for the $10,000 first place prize.
With about 30 players left and the blinds at $1,000-$2,000, the following hand came up between Player A and Parker. Player A opened for $4,000, making the minimum raise, Parker made it $6,000 to go, also making a minimum raise with his pocket queens, and Player A called. The flop was 9-9-4, and Player A bet $4,000. Parker made it $12,000 to go, and Player A called. When a seven came off on the turn, Player A checked and Parker moved all-in for $29,000. Player A called fairly quickly, and Tony flipped up his pocket queens. Player A now showed pocket aces, and when the last card was a 10, Parker was busted out.
Parker asked me if there was any way he could have avoided going broke in this hand. I said, ``Of course not! But I would have raised it up more before the flop with your pocket queens, perhaps making it $15,000 to go.''
Some hands you just have to lose. "
1 June 2006
The Miami Herald
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