The long-awaited return season of High Stakes Poker wrapped up on Wednesday with a cast full of some of the most active players of the season. Tom Dwan, Rick Salomon, Jake Daniels, and Brandon Steven were splashing away as the clock wound down on Season 9.
The opening hand began with Daniels raising to $2,100 with . Dwan called with before Salomon bumped the action up with a raise to $14,000 with . Daniels folded but Dwan called. The flop came and Dwan checked to Salomon and then called a bet of $20,000. The turn produced similar action with Dwan check-calling a $25,000 bet from Salomon. The river was the and Dwan checked once again. Salomon threw out a bet of $65,000 and after a brief contemplation, Dwan folded to let Salomon scoop the six-figure pot and add $63,100 to his stack. As Salomon was raking in the chips, Dwan offered him a $500 chip to let him see his cards. Salomon accepted and Dwan learned he made the correct fold.
Dwan made all of that and then some back on the next hand before James Bord got the best of John Andress in six-figure pot. Dwan straddled to $1,600, Salomon called, Andress raise to $3,200 with before Bord moved all in for $113,000 with . Dwan and Salomon folded and Andress called. With $230,800 in the middle, the players decided to run two full boards. The first board came to give Bord a full house. The second board was just as good with Bord making another set of jacks on the flop. The turn gave Andress straight outs but the river was no help and Bord added $117,000 to his stack.
Andress’ rough night continued two hands later. Steven straddled to $1,600, Dwan raised to $5,000 with , Salomon called with , Andress called with , and Steven came along for the ride. The flop resulted in a check from Steven, a $5,000 bet from Dwan, a fold from Salomon, and calls from both Andress and Steven. The turn was the and Steven checked again. Dwan fired out $25,000, Andress called and Steven folded. The completed the board and Dwan’s backdoor flush draw. Dwan bet enough to put Andress all in. After only a minute of contemplation, Andress called and was shown the bad news. Dwan netted $101,000 on the hand.
After adding another $200,000 to stay in the game, Andress found himself on the wrong side of another six-figure pot. Daniels opened to $2,500 with , Dwan called with , before Andress raised to $10,000 with . Daniels re-raised to $40,000, forcing Dwan to muck his hand, and Andress called. The flop gave Andress little to hold onto. Daniels bet $17,500 and Andress called. After the turn Daniels bet $51,000 and Andress had little choice but to fold.
Six hands later, Andress dropped $80,000 without even seeing a flop. Andress straddled to $1,600 and was dealt , Bryn Kenney double-straddled to $3,200 and was dealt . Steven raised to $11,000 with , Salomon re-raised to $35,000 with . With action back on him, Andress made it $80,000 to go. Steven needed just 40 seconds to five-bet to $214,000 forcing to Salomon and leaving Andress frustrated.
“I’m running into a fucking buzzsaw,” Andress said, as he threw his jacks into the muck.
The final hand of the night and the season started with Kenney straddling to $1,600. Steven called with , Daniels called with and Dwan raised to $9,000 with . Salomon called with and Kenney, Steven, and Daniels all called to push the pot to $46,600 before the flop. The flop put Salomon in front with top set. Salomon, Kenney, Steven, Daniels all checked to Dwan who bet $15,000. Everybody but Steven called to see the turn pair the board and all four players checked. The completed the board and Salomon led out for $45,000. Kenney folded, but Daniels called and after Dwan folded, Salomon told Daniels, “I got it,” and turned over the winning hand to take down the $196,600 pot.
PokerGo has not announced plans for a ninth season of High Stakes Poker, but during the opening segment of the season 8 finale, announcer AJ Benza hinted at the possibility. All episodes of the show are available on demand via PokerGo.