Normally Gabe Kaplan does an excellent job as commentator for High Stakes Poker. In last night's episode, however, he either missed or intentionally chose not to comment on a reference made by Andrew Robl in a hand against Patrik Antonius.
The hand itself was straight-forward. Phil Ivey opened to $7,000 from the cutoff with KdTd. Robl called on the button with AsQh. Antonius was in the small blind with AhAc and three-bet to $30,400. Action folded back to Robl. After what appeared to be a lengthy decision-making process, Robl moved all in for $144,000. Antonius (obviously) double-fist-pump snap-called.
Antonius offered to let Robl pick how many times they'd run the board. Robl decided, "Run it twice." While they waited for the first board, Robl then added, "Maybe four times would be better. I don't know how I can win it four times. I don't know if there's enough cards."
Robl was slyly referencing a hand of high-stakes PLO he played against Antonius (and I reported) at the 2009 Aussie Millions Cash Game. He got it in really bad against Antonius and offered to run it four times, then won all four boards. Here's the clip:
Particularly amusing are Antonius' snarky comments after the hands are revealed ("Wow. Good luck buddy. Good call, by the way. Or good raise. Good re-raise.").
PLO is a drawing game. You need big hands -- and big draws -- to win. Stacking off with one pair and no appreciable draw is a pretty massive PLO-fail if ever there was one, especially given the action. Antonius raised his button pre-flop to $3,500, then called Robl's three-bet to $12,000 from the small blind. On the flop, Robl bet $16,000 of his remaining $119,000. Antonius then raised pot to $72,000, representing either a big hand or a big draw. Either way, Robl's play of shipping it all in is mind-bogglingly bad. He has no fold equity. He is never ahead there and often he is way, way, way behind.
This time around, on HSP, Antonius and Robl ran it twice. There was no repeat lightning strike for Robl. He lost both boards.