2004-10-05

The Amazing Helmuth


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A hand from the WSOP Tournament of Champions: Phil Helmuth is all-in against Johnny Chan. Talk about a clash of Titans! A turn of the hands shows both men with pocket pairs and Chan trailing. The flop gave Chan a set, and the turn also gave him four cards to a flush. There were only two cards in the deck that would give Helmuth a higher set than Chan, but only one of them would do so without giving Chan his flush.

On the river ... Helmuth got the one card in the deck that could give him a win. Appropriately, but uncharacteristically for Helmuth, he apologized to Chan. It was one of those hands ... by all rights Helmuth should have lost. The win was nice, but he realized he had gotten lucky at Chan's expense.

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