When you place a straddle bet, you would really hope to see hands like pocket Kings or Aces, and that’s exactly what happened to Paul Phua, a Malaysian businessman and poker player.
At the recent Triton High Roller Series in Jeju in a $1 million buy-in cash game, a massive pot built up between Tom Dwan and Paul Phua. Blinds were 3M/6M/6M with a 12M straddle in the local currency.
Paul straddled and Dominik Nitsche raised, then Tom sees Ace Queen and decides to 3bet to 120M only to see a 4bet from Paul who woke up with Aces.
The pot had already gone up to $431,100 and after some tanking, Tom goes all-in for his remaining $1 million. Paul who had been smiling and laughing continuously throughout the hand, calls instantly to take down the massive $2,353,500 pot. After Dwan loses, he announces that instead of trying to get even with Phua we was going to try his luck at Six Plus Hold’em.
Watch the fierce battle between Tom Dwan and Paul Phua as it creates one of the biggest televised poker pot here: