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This is an account of the time when Frank played at Forest in 2002 and finished third the first prize was worth $1.1 million. This was after an idle few days he’d spent with his family in Madison; he felt he was ready to take on the Dunes’ Million Dollar Prize poker tournament in Atlanta. The fact that he came in third in a game against Mr. ‘Move all-in’ at Forest still bothers him.

It had been a while since Frank had been playing and he had a King and a Queen in the hole while his opponent, Amir Vahedi had a pair of Jacks, this is when Frank moved all-in using his remaining $2,100. The flop revealed an Ace, a six and a five, a queen each at the subsequent flips. Some minutes had passed when Matt Savage informed Frank that they would be moved to the TV table if they could last another forty minutes. Frank wasn’t too happy with the odds at that time.

Just three minutes after that Frank won the kitty with an Ace high, he moved all-in, which nobody called. Out of the blue he wound up with $3,700,which pleased him for no reason in particular. He felt he had a good chance at this point. Soon after that he landed up at the TV table and $22,000, which produced a gleaming smile on his face.

Frank kept remembering Barry Manilow’s song about the rain. Soon only 45 contestants remained in the event, and it would be time to end of the game. Easy gaming money Frank was pleased with the way he played poker, after the disaster of missing it barely a week earlier; he reckoned he had the chance of winning the $1 million prize.

However he didn’t win the tournament and had to contend with winning $40,000, which was similar to the event in the previous week at Forest. At both the events he had won more but unfortunately at Forest he lost $30,000 and came down to $40,000. Whereas at the Dunes event, he played extremely well at first, however he didn’t get good hands later on.

He slept peacefully that night, as he felt composed. On the second day he won $80,000 in no time There was this one kitty when he had an Ace of diamonds and a Queen of diamonds whereas the other player had a pair of queens, wherein he won $26,000.Later he had a pair of Aces but he lost $18,000 as his opponent had a ten and a seven off suit.

After a few more hands Frank lost $16,000 in a game where he had a pair of eights, in the subsequent hand he had a pair of Queens that cost him $4,000 more. Nevertheless, he had $54,000 remaining, and only 27 players remained. Once again I found myself at the TV table. Hold'em Strategies. One of the strangest hands Frank had ever played was the first hand at this table. Frank had an Ace and a three but he was unable to decide what his next move should be.

Ultimately he called the big blind bet of $2,000 (the blinds were worth $1,000-$2000), at that point T. J. Cloutier called in the small blind.The flop revealed the King of spades, the Jack of clubs and the seven of spades, T. J and big blind both checked. This made Frank confident of a win since he had an Ace high; this led him to bet $6,000, which T. J called instantly. Frank allowed T. J. that round and then he bet on it.

The card revealed at the turn was the Ace of spades, which meant it was possible to get a straight or a flush since the King of spades, the Jack of clubs and seven of spades and the Ace of spades was on the board. This time T. J. bet $12,000, which reminded Frank of the time when T. J. had bluffed him at a game in 2000 at a World Series tournament, while he proceeded to show Frank his cards he commented that he know that Frank was a good player.

That’s the reason he knew Frank could be bluffed. Bad players couldn’t be bluffed. For years Frank had waited to get back at T. J. for bluffing him. He pondered over his next move: if he were to bet all his chips and lose he would have no money left; on the other hand if his instinct served him well and he was correct, then why bet everything? Instead he should allow him to bet all his chips.

He finally made up his mind the best move would be to call. The three of spades that turned up on the river was not so good: now there were four spades in the community. This meant any spade would defeat him.At this time T. J. bet $20,000, which is when Frank’s instinct yelled at him ‘call! He’s poker bluffing!’ Again Frank had only $40,000, so he rapidly reviewed everything.

He knew he would lose a lot of chips if he were wrong; T.J. could only be beaten if he was bluffing entirely. Finally his instinct yelled so loud to call T.J., he bet $20,000. Frank had made millions just by sheer instinct, but if he weren’t correct, then he’d let it go gracefully. Although Frank was always right whenever his instinct was so powerful. He felt proud when he bet the $20,000.

That’s the time when T.J. banged his fist on the table and told Frank he had won. Then Frank proudly showed his pocket cards. Everybody got the idea that Frank was on the roll so they shouldn’t mess with him that day. Just as the kitty was about to be passed on to Frank, T.J. was putting away his cards, all the while mumbling that he was aware he was going nowhere at the flop.

Suddenly he yelled, ‘Hold it! I have a flush’ and he showed displayed the cards he had in his hand, which were the ten of spades and the nine of clubs.Frank knew and admired T.J. and Frank was aware that he wouldn’t slow roll him (the worst behavior in poker is slow rolling). When Frank saw T. J.’s ten of spades and nine of clubs his heart leaped (it was being monitored by Fox).

Frank fell on the floor as he couldn’t believe the sequence of events. It’s like this; Frank had waited a long time to make that move against T. J., who was an excellent poker player and yet he was beaten. At a certain point Frank had won $80,000, he wondered how something of this nature could’ve happened.

Frank truly felt if T. J. knew he had a flush he would’ve displayed signs of power instead of weakness. Frank would have quietly quit that hand, had T.J. noticed the fifth spade when it was flipped. Frank was certain because that was his profession: reading players. Frank accurately interprets his opponents every time he’s bluffed. Finally he made the grand call and yet he was defeated.

Could that happen? In all the years Frank had been playing poker, he’d never known a person to bang the table so hard and claim he’d been bluffing, when he suddenly discovers he has won. The odds of this happening were 2000 to 1, possibly even more, especially since it was the experience of a World Champion. It took Frank quite a while to find his bearings since that hand happened, but he could still win sine he hadn’t lost all his chips. Hypothesis of poker.

He knew he’d crossed bigger hurdles. After some more hands, Frank was viewing his pair of eights when Paul Wolfe tried his best to read him. Paul bet $6,000 at the opening, which made Frank insecure, and he went all-in with $11,800. Paul had no choice but to bet $5,800 with his Ace and seven hand, after the big blind quit his hand of an Ace and nine.Frank knew only two Aces remained in the pack.

The flop disclosed a Jack, a four and a two, and then an Ace was flipped at the turn, leaving Frank eliminated at the 24th position. He lost almost $80,000 in that last kitty, how did this happen? Wasn’t he supposed to win $100,000? Wasn’t he supposed to comfortably ease into ninth position and the Fox network too? Didn’t he have the best chances of winning $ million the following day?

As far as the game of poker was concerned, shouldn’t he have lasted a lot longer, however, these things couldn’t be predicted? Maybe he should have just been thankful that he’d lasted as long as he had. Frank did realize that he was very fortunate indeed for everything that he had, and he should be thankful.


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