2015 Super High Roller Series

Super High Roller Cash Game
Dias: 2

Seiver Forces Polk to Fold

Doug Polk opened under the gun to $2,400 and got calls from Scott Seiver on the button and big blind Paul Newey. Polk's continuation-bet of $6,200 on the {5-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{2-Spades} flop was called by only Seiver. Polk bet $18,500 on the {j-Diamonds} turn, and this time Seiver thought awhile and raised to $54,000. Polk called, and he checked the {j-Spades} river. Seiver again took some time before moving all in, putting Polk at risk for $129,000 into a $128,000 pot.

Polk folded after a couple of minutes, and Seiver is up to $660,000. Seiver said he had the {8-Diamonds} in his hand.

Tags: Doug PolkPaul NeweyScott Seiver

The Doctor is Out; Enter Antonius

Patrik Antonius
Patrik Antonius

Coming back from the break, David "Doc" Sands has left the game and given up his seat to the one and only Patrik Antonius. The Finn has had his fair share of televised cash game success, and his appearance will certainly change the dynamic of the game.

That said, Matthew Kirk has yet to return to the game and has opted to take an extended dinner break. Given he's been the driving force behind today's action, it'll be interesting to see who takes over the reigns in his absence.

Back in Action

The players have taken their original seats and are playing six-handed. Matthew Kirk and David Sands are still absent from the table, though it's unclear if they're done playing as stacks are still in front of their seats.

Dinner Break Interview w/ Sam Trickett

Sam Trickett
Sam Trickett

On the dinner break of the Super High Roller Cash Game at ARIA, we caught up with Sam Trickett to get his thoughts on the game thus far.

It's been a relatively slow day for the Brit, but that doesn't mean he isn't having fun. In fact, he's quick to point out that Aussie Matthew Kirk adds a special element to the game.

"Aussie Matt, I've been playing with him all week," Trickett explains. "I've literally had 45 minutes sleep in the last three days because I've been playing with Aussie Matt all week. He's great for the game. He never stops talking as well, so he's always entertaining. He gives good action, and everyone wants to play with the guy who gives good action. He can be dangerous if he gets some cards. As you've seen already, he's willing to gamble, which makes for an exciting game I guess."

While Trickett didn't make an appearance on Day 1 of the Super High Roller Cash Game, that doesn't mean he wasn't in action elsewhere in the building.

"I've been playing in the ARIA, $500/$1,000 PLO or $300/$600/$1,200," Trickett reveals. "Been a pretty good game, big swings. Not real huge pots, but just a lot of people are buying in for 100-200 big blinds. It's still been good fun."

Obviously all the cash game action has cut into Trickett's usually busy tournament schedule, which is why he's been noticeably absent from the 2015 World Series of Poker for most of the summer.

"In the past I've always played the WSOP," says Trickett. "Probably on average played 20 events a year at the WSOP, but this year I've played just one, the ONE DROP. I'm just concentrating on cash games, and I'm doing really well in the cash games. Tournaments are just starting to bore me a little bit if you want the truth, feels a bit like a grind. I like the freedom cash games give you to play whenever your want and leave whenever you want."

Trickett may not be as visible as he's been in past years, but he does intend to play the $500,000 Super High Roller Bowl on Thursday, a tournament PokerNews will be live reporting.

"It's my birthday as well, so hopefully I'll have some birthday luck," Trickett says with a laugh. "I also have to play the WSOP Main Event."

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Four Fades for Kirk

Matthew Kirk
Matthew Kirk

Scott Seiver raised to $4,000 in the cutoff, and Paul Newey made it $11,000 in the small blind. Doug Polk called from his left, and Matthew Kirk came along from the straddle. Seiver called as well, making it four to an {8-Spades}{2-Clubs}{5-Spades} flop. Polk bet $28,000 after Newey checked, and both Kirk and Polk called. The pot had now ballooned to about $130,000, and Polk decided to just jam for $277,000 on the {4-Clubs} turn. Kirk called right away for his last $94,000, and Seiver tanked awhile and folded.

Kirk: {4-Hearts}{2-Hearts}
Polk: {9-Spades}{7-Spades}

Polk had a big combo draw but Kirk had turned two pair for a decent lead. The players decided to run it four times. Amazingly, Polk bricked all four as {k-Diamonds}, {5-Hearts}, {k-Hearts}, and {10-Clubs} hit the board in succession. Kirk is suddenly healthy again with $320,000.

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Kirk Has to Stick Around After Flipping for Stacks

Matthew Kirk called for a rack and began putting away his chips, presumably done losing money. Andrew Robl, however, offered to flip him for his remaining $65,000 or so. There was a catch though - if Kirk won the flip he would have to continue playing. Kirk agreed, and the game was paused while they players were each dealt a pot-limit Omaha hand.

The hands were face down as the dealer fired off a board of {7-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}, with the river face-down. The players turned their cards over one by one. We couldn't see what they had, but Robl seemed disgusted with his hand, so it's safe to say Kirk held the lead going to the river. Robl was allowed to squeeze out the river since he was behind, and he tossed the {a-Hearts} into the middle, a brick. Kirk won with aces and jacks.

"That was a terrible flip," Robl lamented. "I had like, no sweat."

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Kirk Continues to Slide

After Sam Trickett straddled for $1,600, Doug Polk raised to $5,200 and Matthew Kirk three-bet to $15,000 from the hijack. Action folded back to Trickett, who released, and Polk made the call to see the {10-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{q-Spades} flop. Polk check-called a bet of $20,000 and then both players checked the {7-Diamonds} turn as well as the {4-Clubs} river.

"Ten," Polk declared and tabled the {10-Clubs}{j-Hearts}. It was good as Kirk could only muster the {a-Clubs}{k-Hearts}.

Kirk was left with just $75,000 after the hand while Polk chipped up to $433,400.

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Seiver Three-Bombs Kirk

Scott Seiver
Scott Seiver

Scott Seiver raised to $5,600 from middle position with the straddle on, and Doug Polk called from the button. Matthew Kirk kicked it up to $20,000, and Seiver four-bet it to $75,000. Kirk called after Polk mucked, and the two saw a {6-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{k-Spades} flop. Kirk checked, and Seiver opted for a smaller bet of $45,000. Kirk checked the {2-Clubs} and then called $70,000. The {10-Hearts} completed the board, and Seiver put Kirk all in this time for his last $120,000. Kirk folded, and Seiver dragged the massive pot, one of the biggest of the session at nearly $600,000, without a showdown.

Tags: Doug PolkMatthew KirkScott Seiver