Re: Year of the Blogger?

by , Jul 3, 2006 | 9:53 pm

LAS VEGAS–Yesterday’s $2,500 short-handed NLHE final table was a good one, to say the least. Seeing Joe Hachem contend for a second bracelet is the sorta thing we want from our previously unheard of poker champions, right? He joins Greg Raymer in providing validation that poker in the New Millenium — the game we all spend way too much time with — really is a game of skill … skill that can be learned, honed, and developed by the, er, Average Joe.

But still … Hachem doesn’t have a blog. Dutch Boyd, however, does.

So congrats, Dutchy! Sure, a lot of bloggers have given you grief about that “youthful indiscretion” where a bunch of people lost money and your girlfriend got boobs, but hey, that’s in the past. You’re a champion now! And a blogger champion! So seriously, you’re my favorite blogger — always have been. 2006 Baby!

Further evidence that this is the blogger’s year — the Hammer is coming more and more into play. PokerDonkey sends along word of one particular hand:

From the $1500 pot limit event on Friday:

Can Kim Hua raises to $60,000 preflop and Rafe Furst smooth calls. The flop comes Q77 and Hua bets $55,000. Furst makes the call and the turn is the 3. Hua checks and Furst bets $53,000. Hua raises enough to put Furst all in and Furst immediately calls, showing AA. However, Hua turns over the powerhouse hand of 72 and Furst is in need of an ace on the river to stay alive. The river comes out the A and the crowd around the final table erupts. Furst catches a full house on the river to double up and stay alive.

Wow, the Hammer almost cracked aces, as it is designed to do. If Can Kim Hua had a blog, he woulda won the hand.

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