Deep Stacks Heads-Up Mini-Marathon

by , Apr 26, 2009 | 3:31 am

Remember back in the poker-boom day when an $85,000 difference in payout seemed to mean so little? Me neither. Anyhow, we’re nearing 5 hours into heads-up, and the average stack is now about 50 big blinds. There’ve been many lead shifts, and for awhile it looked like Lee was getting delirious and about to bite it. But he just doubled up and, by his own report, is “back in the game!”

NOTE: I was gonna make a compare-and-contrast joke about heads-up blind structures with the WPT Championship going on tonight/yesterday … but apparently they had quite the heads-up battle there, too … with Yevgeniy Timoshenko requiring 79 hands to dispose of Ran Azor for the World Championship. (Seriously, is that a record for WPT heads-up battles?)

UPDATE: It’s over. Baldwin wins.

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4 Comments to “Deep Stacks Heads-Up Mini-Marathon”


  1. Kevin Mathers
    says:

    This year’s LA Poker Classic had nearly 200 heads-up hands.

    That final table would lead to this Steven Lipscomb tweet last week:

    working on standardized structure for WPT tournaments . . . that way you know what you get, right? (and no 8 hour heads up fiascos!)


  2. DanM
    says:

    Someone was telling me today about a heads-up match that was a single hand recently … but I can’t for the life of me recall which tourney they were talking about. Any clue?


  3. Kevin Mathers
    says:

    EPT San Remo last week was 5 hands.

    I can’t think of any other major tournaments that were over that quickly of the top of my head.


  4. BJ Nemeth
    says:

    Yes, this wasn’t a long heads-up battle, but it wasn’t a short one either.

    Dan, the heads-up battle you probably heard about was Scotty Nguyen vs. Michael Mizrachi in Tunica (Jan ’06), because I think they got it all in on the first hand (possibly the second) with A-J vs. A-Q, and Scotty won the WPT title with his A-Q (which made a flush or straight or something).

    That hand was written about late this week as Scotty Nguyen was making a run for his second WPT title in the WPT World Championship.