Driving to the Commerce Casino tonight, I knew I was in for a chatty, fast paced and fun final table. Men “The Master” Nguyen is always entertaining, and fun to watch. In addition, I saw Freddy Twin would be there as well (Freddy put on a big rally to finish 2nd in the $300 NLHE w/rebuys earlier in the week), and I knew from earlier in the week that Freddy’s posse would be raising as much hell as Freddy would be raising pots. I put the over/under on Coronas consumed at the final table at 10. To add a twist, we had an NHL Hockey player at the final table. Unfortunately, Travis Green of the Boston Bruins has plenty of time to play poker these days, as it appears there will be no hockey season. Eventually, I would not be disappointed in the atmosphere although things started very………slow.
The Master was not the only Nguyen at the final table. In fact, there were three players with that last name. The Master himself, his apprentice Minh, and Vinh rounded out all the Nguyen’s at this final table. It was clear early on that at this final table, you were going to have to know when to say Nguyen. That’s because two of the three players with that last name were the first two to go.
Vinh was first out as he raised the pot with 77. Saul “Action” Eskin called him in the big blind with AJ of spades. Saul flopped a straight draw, turned a flush draw, and made his straight on the river, causing Nguyen to ask why. Vinh Nguyen finished 10th place, and pocketed $2,532 on the way out here cbetcasino.fr.
Even with Twin, Men the Master, and the very aggressive John Murphy at the final table, the action man, at least early on was Saul Eskin. Saul was throwing chips around the table, and mixing in a wisecrack or two here and there. Saul fit the fabric of the final table very well. Three hands after we lost our first Nguyen, Jay Yu raised from the button, and Saul re-raised the pot, putting himself essentially all in. Yu went in the tank, but eventually called flipping over 77. Saul proudly flipped over QQ, and his ladies were good to double him up, and put him right in the hunt.
Two guys at this table just always seemed to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. One of them was the well-liked long time player Mickey Mouse, and the other was Jay Yu. Four hands after Jay’s 77 ran into QQ, he made a move on Men’s big blind. Men re-raised the pot, and showed AA when Jay layed his hand down.
Lady luck always plays a major part in poker, and she was very prevalent in the quick end to Minh Nguyen’s night. Minh raised from the small blind, and Freddy Twin re-raised. Minh came back over the top, putting Freddy all in. Freddy called, and flipped over A6 of clubs. Minh happily flipped over A10, but his happiness turned sour as a 6 came on the flop. Freddy Twin doubled up here, and the hand crippled Minh. Minh knew he had to hustle, so on the very next hand, he put his few remaining chips in with A10. Unfortunately for him, Saul woke up with JJ, and there was no Ace for Minh. Minh Nguyen finished 9th, and took home $3,376.
Next out was our pro hockey player. Travis Green of the Boston Bruins was ready to check the Master hard into the boards after his all in with KK was called by Men with A6. A6 was again the magic hand at this final table, as the first card off was an Ace. Travis took his $4,220 for eighth place home, no doubt wondering when he would play hockey again.