Before poker became the stomping ground of celebrities known more for pimping patches than playing cards, the glamorous game seen on television today was an underworld affair where hustlers plied their trade behind closed doors. And while knowing the odds and reading one’s man made poker more than a mere gamble for the best in the business, the long arm of the law and short-tempered suckers packing pistols made that hustle a harrowing experience nonetheless. Most players today consider the rough and tumble days of the Texas road gambler to be nothing but a bygone era in poker history, but for brothers Aaron and Ralph Massey, becoming poker pros was only natural. After all, hustling is in their blood...
Aaron made good on another promise as well, three years after boldly telling PokerNews that he would one day become a “poker star.” Named as one of seven “Ones to Watch” for Season XII of the WPT, Aaron was tabbed as one of poker’s up-and-coming young guns, with the spotlight he has sought since becoming a pro finally focused where he always believed it belonged. And although Aaron’s run through Season XII failed to deliver any significant results, he has already moved on to set his sights on another goal: Snagging his first WSOP bracelet this summer...
Hand #119: Asi Moshe raised to 100,000 from the button and David Jackson three-bet to 360,000 from the small blind. Aaron Massey called from the big blind and Moshe four-bet to 955,000. Jackson thought for a moment and then moved all in for 2,855,000. Moshe quickly called and tabled versus the of Jackson.
The board ran out and Moshe made a huge double up as he had Jackson covered by just 50,000. Jackson graciously shook hands with his former tablemates and exited the tournament area.
Hand #111: Asi Moshe opened the betting with a raise to 100,000 from under the gun and David Jackson called from the next seat along. Moshe check called a 100,000 bet on the flop and a 210,000 bet on the turn and then both players checked on the river.
Moshe opened and Jackson mucked.
Hand #112: Aaron Massey raised to 110,000 and Moshe called in the big blind. When Moshe checked to Massey on the flop, Massey bet 90,000 and Moshe folded.
Hand #113: Massey raised to 110,000 from under the gun and Jackson called in the big blind. Jackson then check-folded to a 90,000 bet on te flop.
Hand #114: Michael Ferrer made it 125,000 to go and won the blinds and antes.
Hand #115: Moshe set the price to play at 100,000 and Ferrer called in the big blind. Ferrer checked to Moshe on a flop and then folded when facing a 130,000 bet.
Hand #109: Action folded to David Jackson who called from the small blind. Aaron Massey checked his option and the flop was . Jackson checked, Massey bet 60,000 and Jackson made the call. Both players checked after the turn and again after the river. Jackson took the pot with after Massey tabled .
Hand #110: Asi Moshe raised to 100,000 and Michael Ferrer called from the big blind. The flop was , Ferrer checked and Moshe bet 125,000. Ferrer called and the turn was the . Both players checked and Ferrer led for 200,000 after the river. Moshe folded.
Hand #100: David Jackson raised to 115,000 and then folded when Bobby Poe three-bet all-in for 585,000.
Hand #101: Jackson made it 115,000 to play from under the gun and Henrik Hecklen called in the big blind. Hecklen then check-called a 120,000 bet on the flop. Hecklen checked the turn and released when Jackson bet 300,000.
Hand #102: Aaron massey won the blinds and antes with a 125,000 bet from under the gun.
Hand #103: Poe moved all in and won the blinds and antes.
Hand #104: Hecklen raised to 100,000 and won the blinds and antes.
Hand #105: Massey made it 115,000 to go from the button and both blinds folded.
Hand #106: Hecklen raised to 100,000 under the gun, Jackson called next to act and Asi Moshe called in the big blind. The action checked to Jackson on the , jackson bet 200,000 and both of his opponents mucked.