The One Where The Bluffer Bluffs The Bluffer

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James Hartigan: This hand comes from the Asia Pacific Poker Tour, from Manila, Philippines, in 2007, with the title to play for. Rep Parise and Ira Blumenthal are giving it their all in their first, heads-up hand. [Player talk] Daniel: Parise is raising to 60,000.

I like this kind of hand, jack-10 suited. He’s in position which means he’ll act last, for the remainder of the hand. Paul Khory: Ira with king-3 off suit Daniel: Now the king high is better than the jack high, but I’d rather have Parise’s hand.

It has a lot more potential to make a straight, make a flush. Of course, with position, that’s also a powerful thing to have. Paul Khory: And the flop is ace-4-3, all clubs. Daniel: Well this gives Parise nothing.

Blumenthal’s flopped bottom pair with his 3s. Paul Khory: And both players check. We go to the turn. It is a repeat ace of spades.

Daniel: Now Blumenthal well in front with his pair of 3s, he’s going to check again. Paul Khory: And the chip leader will fire out 85,000 and Ira quickly calls. Daniel: Insta-call there, he wasted no time making a call with bottom pair, clearly feels that Parise is trying to push him around here.

Paul Khory: And the river is an 8 of diamonds, so Blumenthal with the check mark. Daniel: That’s odd. That’s an odd bet.

150,000 now from Blumenthal after just calling on the turn, now he’s taking the lead — wow! Amazing play this is! This is awesome, amazing, excellent — I don’t have an adjective bigger to explain how great a read this is, with absolutely nothing. Jack-10 high.

Parise has picked up on the fact that Blumenthal doesn’t have the ace and is willing to risk it here with a big raise. Impressive. Paul Khory: Well Britt Parise playing some big stack poker, makes it 300,000. Daniel: Totally a read. Now you see when you’re bluffing it doesn’t even matter what you have.

It’s all about whether you think your opponent can call and right here Parise doesn’t think Blumenthal can call. Trying to get a stare down — what are you going to see, he’s wearing sunglasses, he’s not moving. Paul Khory: And Blumenthal folds.

Daniel: Well I can’t say enough how impressed I am with that play from Parise. Really going forward, going with his read. [Player talk] Daniel: You liar! [Player talk] Daniel: Oh you liar!! Paul Khory: How can he lie with his mother sitting there? Daniel: Mamma, Mamma your boy is lying now.

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