Playing Poker with Michael Phelps!

Playing Poker with Michael Phelps!


August 2008 previously I the Jeff boesky
vlog I dropped out of college I quit my full-time job to pursue poker for a
living I now have to make the leap of faith pack up all my belongings drive
2,000 miles to Las Vegas I have $5,000 in the bank and I’m getting back four
tournaments fast forward to October 18th there’s a
1570 dollar tournament at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas it’s time to take a
shot upon arriving at Caesar’s Palace I recognize a lot of high-stakes online
players such as Johnny bags and SD Trojans there’s one guy that’s
constantly walking around hamming it up with all the rags who’s wearing a white
t-shirt has a goatee aviator sunglasses and a lacasa hat cocked to the side
figure you saw my online crusher but not sure who he is the tournament goes on
and I’m doing pretty well win some big pots lose some big pots but we’re about
eight hours in we’re approaching the money when the guy with the aviators and
lacasa hat gets moved to my right with blinds at 1500 3000 under the gun limps
aviators in La Coste hat guy shoves all in for thirty thousand chips I’m next to
act with about 60,000 chips in pocket queens let’s get them we shove all in
the blinds fold and the limper folds and we’re up against ace 10 off suit this
guy stands up you know crowd starts forming and everybody’s rooting for an
ace ace dealer ace I’m of course anti rooting the ACE let’s hold one time this
tournament means a lot to me the flop comes ace high and he erupts in
celebration I’m devastated I don’t hit a queen and
he doubles up I’m crippled and I lose shortly thereafter falling short of the
money before I lose as he’s stashing my chips a 40 year old Caucasian woman
comes over to him with a card player magazine in hand kneels down and asked
for his autograph so this confirms my suspicions that he is a well-known
online crusher the lady leaves a few other people you know high-five him pat
him on the back why is everybody rooting against me
eventually I turned to him and just say are you famous or something he replies
with yeah kinda I I swim and look at him and pretty much laugh out loud and
repeat you swim I didn’t know swimmers had fans 7-year old Caucasian male
across the table looks in my direction and says yes 14 gold medals Sonny turns
out the all-american hero who just crushed the 2008 Olympics just sucked
out on me and stole a bunch of my equity he celebrated in a manner that really
tilted me after I lose I go home to my favorite
poker form pocket fives calm and right a trip report of the tournament because
that’s what you did back then there wasn’t really YouTube blogs to recreate
all the action within the trip report I described how he celebrated it in a
manner that made me feel he was acting like a douchebag as it turns out some of
his friends alert him of this article relay him this message
and the next day I go to Caesars and some words are exchanged stay tuned to
find out what happens michael phelps was lucky enough to get
ninth place in this tournament that he sucked out on me and got the largest
cache of his career for just over $5,000 i’m happy for you the day after that there’s a thousand
dollar tournament at Caesars and I’m in town I’m here to gamble let’s gamble I
register a little late sit down at my table I’m in seat three put on my Bose
headphones get ready to play some poker and that out of my left peripheral I see
a character about a foot away from me kind of hovering over me so I take a
peek end it’s none other than Michael Phelps he’s back he’s playing some more
poker and I look at him and I hear some muffled noise so I take my headphones
off and he says I heard you were talking some shit about me on your blog slightly
confused because I don’t have a blog I asked him blog he looks over at his
buddy Scott to confirm that I said some shit about him on my blog and he says
pocket fives and he goes oh yeah you called me a douche bag I pocket fives
and this is when I know I have three options
timeout yeah this is horrible I can admit guilt apologize and ask for
forgiveness I can lie deny it say it some other guy
I wear I can own up to it and face the consequences
I chose option three I said yeah you acted like a douche bag when you sucked
out on me he gets closer to me hovering over me with his chest puffed out I’m
still sitting and he starts doing this stupid laugh like huh oh I’m a douche
bag huh I’m a douche bag and I said yeah you exhibited douchebag
behavior that’s bad sportsmanship he continues with the laughter and part
amis uh hoping I don’t have to get into a fistfight with this Olympic medalist
who’d probably probably beat you and I’m getting the feeling that it’s
about to go down I’m about to fight Michael Phelps and I don’t like my
chances so here we go he laughs a few more times I’m still sitting expecting
the worst hey pal what sit down you’ve had to miss the best part all new weed
nephews a bathroom sit down lady gives me a few more looks and goes back
to a seat to continue playing the tournament in hindsight it would have
been very financially beneficial for me if he would have started swinging with
all the cameras and his newfound millions and millions of dollars and
Wheaties boxes and gold medals and endorsements and such these are the butterfly effects that
happen in life and I can’t complain I’m happy that I didn’t check it out I stuck
by my guns whether or not he acted like a douchebag that’s up for debate I felt
like he did let me know what you think in the chat and that is my Michael
Phelps story the win Fall Classic $250,000 tournament $600 is the buying
over 50,000 for first I’m sure they’re gonna crush the guarantee let’s get it with blinds at 100 300 is 300 action
folds me in the middle position pretty action table and I looked down at pocket
aces love pocket aces I make it 800 to go
action folds to the big blind and he folds aces with blinds a it’s one
hundred three hundred three hundred under the gun plus one makes it 1,100
I’m a middle position again with pocket aces what the hell’s going on big
opening sizing usually means a big hand so we make it thirty two hundred action
folds back to the razor and he folds no action on the Aces with blinds at 200 400 400 under the gun
plus one makes it 1,000 the next two players call I’m in middle position
again with ace four of Spades and 16,000 chips could just rip it I
mean some dead money out there what we’re talking about 40 blinds plays
pretty well relevant blocker but I decided to just put in the flat call a
little lower variance let’s see a flop the big blind does come along we’re five
ways to the flop the flop comes Queen four three two clubs checks the original
raiser who thinks for a while and bets 1300 very small sizing but you got to
remember this is still strong because he’s betting into four people that you
guys on my right both fold so I think we’re priced in in position with our
second pair we put in the call 1300 and the big blind comes along the turn is an
off suit Jack action checks to the original raiser and he checks I don’t
see any reason to bet here don’t think they’re gonna fold any better hands so I
checked behind the river is a beautiful 4 of Hearts
big blind shacks and original RAZR bets 5300 what’s he rapid King Queen ace
Queen wouldn’t he bet these hands on the turn ace Jack pocket queens pocket jacks
most of these hands would just continue on the turn so now the question is in a
threeway pot on the river is it better to flat the 5300 with what I believe is
the best hand or shove for 13,700 to try to get that extra value if I just flat
the 5300 there’s a some percent chance that I’ll be over called by the big
blind although he’s shown a lot of weakness this is a 3-way spot that’s
very common that I really don’t know the answer to the problem was shoving is
will he call with a worse hand than trip fours River shoves are very rare and
often very very strong very rarely a bluff I’d ever take as this line so he
knows I got like trip fours or a slow plate set of some sort
I eventually shove the other two players fold and we take down a nice pot and
we’re now up to 26,000 chips all right
it is 4/20 and that means no more reentry’s we’re in for $600 we have
about 25,000 chips blinds are going up and we’re gonna bag and tag in about
eight hours let’s stay focused a first-place prize takes the 2163 I would
like you all with blinds at 200 500 500 under the gun makes it 1,800 action
folds us in the big blind and we look down at pocket aces unbelievable pocket
aces again got to put it in that three but his range should be very strong
based upon him being under the gun and is pretty large sizing let’s play four
stacks I make it five thousand ago one chip he thinks about it and puts in the
call the flop comes 10 8 3 2 clubs we have about 16,000 behind so this is a
great time to bet a third of our stack 5300 he thinks about it in folds and
says he had a sking how did you not get it in pre I feel robbed and we move on
to the next hand with blinds at 400 800 under the gun
plus one recreational older Caucasian male puts
in the limp I’m in middle position and looked down at pocket aces again I can’t
believe it we don’t have the video going for the full time at the table just
random clips but believe me I had them so I pump it up to 2500 somewhat of a
middle-aged Asian reg in the small blind puts in the call and original number
calls comes King Jack five rainbow checks out 31 I’ve about eighty pounds
behind kind of awkward stacks I shouldn’t have to be raised folds in my
range but they might not know this we want to raise for value get this
heads-up deny all their equity from King X Jack X green 10 Taipans so I make a
neat thousand small blindfolds which he later says was pocket tens and original
limper goes deep into the tank and folds we take down another pot with pocket
aces to the button makes it 1,900 a very loose player in the small blind puts in
the call he’s had a few outbursts when things didn’t go his way
unfortunate bro that’s poker I’m in the big blind I looked down upon 27,000
chips in this spot I want a three bet in isolated against this late position
action I want to do it with 1/3 of my stack that way I can still raise fold or
I could be inducing hoping that they have perceived fold equity the heavens
are opening up it’s getting windy out here I make it 8200 the button quickly
folds in the small blind spaz jams in 35,000 we call show our tens he shows
Queen 10 of diamonds and says quote this hand flops well while I sure hope it
doesn’t flop well we got video we did good thirty you played it well that’s what it
comes down and I’m out of the wind / encore $600 250k Congrats to the winner
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