Overall, the hands on Day 2 have been lackluster thus far, but the table chatter and side bets have been extraordinary. Most recently, Matthew Kirk offered Andrew Robl $2,000 if he could say 15 words in Spanish.
Robl was reluctant, but urged on by the rest of the table rattled off numbers one through nine (uno, dos, tres, etc.) followed by señorita and señor. Kirk interjected that numbers didn't count, something that had apparently been discussed, but that didn't interrupt Robl's flow.
"Polo," Robl said, clearly meaning pollo, the Spanish word for chicken. Scott Seiver and a few others got a good chuckle.
"Curvesa," Robl tried. "The Spanish word for beer."
Robl's butchering of cervesa inspired an even bigger round of laughter.
"It's embarrassing to your girlfriend," Seiver needled after Robl had informed them that it was embarrassing because his significant other was of Latin decent and her entire family spoke Spanish.
Andrew Robl has wasted no time making his presence known in the Super High Roller Game.
In his first pot, he double straddled to $3,200. Doug Polk called from the big blind, and Matthew Kirk made it $15,000. Robl piled $50,000 in and took the pot down.
The next hand, Paul Newey raised to $5,000 and called a three-bet of $18,000 from Robl, the straddler. Both checked the flop and the board read on the turn, when Robl check-called $28,000. Two checks followed the , and Robl won with , taking in a $94,000 pot.
The biggest pot of the day thus far just went down.
It began when Doug Polk raised to $2,400 under the gun and David "Doc" Sands called. Scott Seiver then three-bet to $13,000 from the button, the blinds both folded, and Polk four-bet to $38,000. Sands then woke up with a five-bet to $87,500, Seiver folded, and Polk thought long and hard before moving all in.
Sands, who had $157,000 behind, hit the tank. While he pondered what to do, the table received a new player in the form of Andrew Robl, who bought in for a hefty $1.4 million. The buy-in tickled Matthew Kirk, who pointed out how entertaining it'd be for him to double through Robl, and then do it again.
Eventually Sands opted to call off and the hands were tabled.
The players held the same hand, but they still opted to run it twice to see if either of them could four-flush. The flop on the first run gave Polk a freeroll, but any hope of it coming in disappeared when the appeared on the turn. The meaningless was put out on the river for good measure.
The flop on the second run meant there would be no sweat, and just like on Day 1 of the cash game, the first pot over $500K ended in a chop.
Paul Newey opened to $2,400 under the gun and Sam Trickett came in from the big blind. The flop brought , and Newey bet $3,500. Trickett fired off a check-raise to $14,000, and Newey called. Trickett kept the aggression going with $28,000 on the , then $42,000 on the river. Newey thought about a minute and called.
Trickett patted the table and mucked. Newey asked if he needed to show and then followed Trickett muckward. Newey now has $331,000, while his fellow Brit is down to $231,000.
Action folded to Matthew Kirk on the button and he raised to $4,000. David "Doc" Sands responded by three-betting to $16,000 from the small blind, Kirk called, and the flop fell , which they both checked.
Action repeated itself on the turn, and the completed the board on the river. Sands led out for $21,000, and Kirk wasted little time in tossing in a raise to $75,000. Sands thought about it for 15 seconds or so and then released his hand.
With that, Sands dropped to $255,000 while Kirk chipped up to $327,200.
Sam Trickett raised to $4,000 on the button, and Doug Polk made it $16,000 in the big blinds. Matthew Kirk cold-called from the straddle, and Trickett came along also, seeing a flop of . Polk bet $26,000, but Kirk raised to $75,000 and quickly took it down.
The players at the table have opted to play a game of "What Johnny Lodden Thinks?"
Scott Seiver instigated the game, which saw David "Doc" Sands be the brain, meaning he had to think of a number to a predetermined question. That question, asked by Seiver, was: "How much does David Sands think Doug Polk would need to be paid to shave his head daily for a year?"
Remember, in this game it doesn't matter what the actual number is; in fact, Polk's answer is irrelevant. All that matters is what Sands (the Johnny Lodden in this scenario) thinks the number would be. Daniel Colman and Matthew Kirk made a side bet — how much we're not quite sure — and once Sands locked in his number the bidding began.
The rules of the bidding are simple: a player can either say a bigger number than the previous bid or "buy" the under. They're never allowed to take the over.
Colman kicked off the bidding with $25,000, and Kirk immediately countered with $75,000. Colman offered $125,000, and Kirk countered with $130,000. From there it jumped from $140K-$145K-$150K-$155K-$170L-$175K-$180K-$185K-$200K-$205K.
Colman opted to buy the under, meaning if the number Sands locked in was less than that, he would win the bet. If it was more, then Kirk would win.
Sands number was... $40K.
"Have you ever seen my hair?" a flabbergasted Polk asked. Similarly, other players seemed shocked at Sands' low number.
The game then prompted some players to guess, and bet, what the real number was. Kirk even went so far as to offer Polk $150,000 cold-hard cash to actually do it. Polk declined, citing that he currently loves his life (and hair), and was already financially secure.