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  1. Just one week after Dylan Gang’s slowroll of Garrett Adelstein had the poker world abuzz, the pair of high-stakes cash game players found themselves back on the Hustler Casino Live felt - ready for round two. With thousands of fans watching the livestream, it didn't take long before Adelstein and Gang were back and battling heads-up in a hotly contested pot. The game was playing big with three binds posting $100/$200/$400 when Adelstein, sitting with just over $300,000, opened the button to $1,200 holding the [poker card="tc"][poker card="9c"]. Gang, with $194K in his stack, three-bet from the big blind to $6,500 holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="4h"]. In position, Adelstein made the quick call and the flop came out [poker card="9d"][poker card="6h"][poker card="2d"] giving Adelstein top pair and Gang one over and backdoor outs. Gang took a few seconds and led with a $4,500 bet. Adelstein shot few quick glances Gang's way before he made it $20,000 to go. Gang shifted slightly, looking a little uncomfortable, took a moment and made the call, floating with his ace-high. “This is an action turn.” With the pot at just over $53,000, the dealer put out the [poker card="th"] on the turn and Gang checked it over to “G-Man”. Now with top-two, Adelstein asked Gang to show him how much he had left in his stack. Then, Adelstein fired a $35,000 bet. Then, just like that, Gang moved his remaining $167K all-in. Adelstein jumped up and asked for a count. “Well, boys and girls,” said Hustler Casino Live co-founder Nick Vertucci. “This is what we’ve been waiting for.” “There’s nothing to even think about, I have a big hand,” Adelstein said looking somewhat incredulous. “I can’t even consider doing anything else, I have a monster.” Then, he finally committed the chips for a call and without hesitation flashed a single finger - run it once. With $389,500 in the pot, the dealer put out a complete brick, the [poker card="2s"].   “I have nothing,” Gang said. But Adelstein wasn’t about to be fooled a second time. One week ago, Gang gave Adelstein the “nice call” essentially baiting Adelstein to show his worst hand first. This time, Adelstein stayed still refusing to show, waiting for Gang to expose the losing hand. Gang held his missed flush draw face-up, Adelstein stood, looked, and only when he saw he couldn’t be beaten, turned over his winning two pair over to drag the pot. “Second round TKO - goes to Adelstein,” the commentator said as Gang slowly got up and left the room. In the aftermath, Adelstein, who finished the night up roughly $200,000 tweeted out a little quote about karma. https://twitter.com/GmanPoker/status/1497451546904186882?s=20&t=6ME9Z0WMu5jddnXHIFeXlQ Undoubtedly, this won’t be the last time these two high-stakes pro tangle.
  2. When it comes to etiquette in poker, performing a slowroll might just be one of the worst offenses. An intentional one is specifically designed to tilt an opponent and no matter the stakes, when one takes place it’s going to get the table talking. Unless, of course, you’re Garrett Adelstein, one of today’s most respected televised high-stakes grinders. In a recent episode of Hustler Casino Live, program regular Dylan Gang, decided to test the temperament of Adelstein. On a board of [poker card="qh"][poker card="3c"][poker card="3h"][poker card="4d"][poker card="kd"], Adelstein, holding [poker card="ks"][poker card="ts"] bet $20,000 on the river into a pot of $36,000. However, Dylan was sitting with [poker card="4s"][poker card="4c"] for the turned full house. When the action was on him he raised to $75,000, making it $55,000 for Garrett to call. Adelstein, clearly put in a spot, shot Dylan a glance and went deep in the tank. Eventually, Adelstein painfully tossed in call with both hands, making it a $186,000 pot. A that’s when it happened: “Good call,” Dylan said, a clear implication that he was beaten. Adelstein flipped over his hand, assuming he'd won. A full two seconds later, Dylan dryly said “Just kidding” and showed down the boat. Check out the entire hand right here: What happened next was nearly as surprising as the slowroll. Adelstein didn’t say a word. He simply paid the bet and got back to business. Bart Hansen in the booth sounded stunned as he contextualized what just happened. “That…was definitely in poor etiquette I will say,” Hansen said. “That is a slowroll. And I think I’m an expert on analyzing slowrolls. Dylan just became the supervillain and we have a new livestream legend born.” It didn’t take long for the hand to get clipped and shipped to social media where some members of the poker world were quick to point out that Adelstein took the slowroll with an extraordinary amount of professionalism. https://twitter.com/JohnnieVibes/status/1494920018177449984?s=20&t=6D1gI9xO91qkj0UzgtUYhQ Dylan may have earned the new nickname “Dylan The Villian”, but for those that have paid attention to the Hustler Live Stream, they’d know this isn’t the first time Dylan has shown that he likes to mix it up to try and get under someone’s skin. Back in October, Dylan was one of the featured players when Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan took a seat in the Hustler Casino Live cash game. Dylan, left his stack on the table in the middle of the game and headed out early to sit courtside at a Los Angeles Lakers game - one in which he was eventually escorted out of the arena after a confrontation with Rajon Rondo. (Check that out below) Where Rondo had Dylan removed for slapping his hand away, Adelstein took to Twitter to comment that it’s going to take a lot more than simply a slowrolling a hand to get inside his head. https://twitter.com/GmanPoker/status/1494937987406131200?s=20&t=jWvCj-69FWJfXViUrZFEWA Check out the complete Hustler Casino Live stream that featured that hand right here:
  3. Just days after the ‘Skillsrocks’ cheating incident took place on Hustler Casino Live, Barry Wallace, the player who was targeted by ‘Skillsrocks’ by actively looking at his hole cards in the middle of a hand, returned to the live stream game and opened the show looking to “address the elephant in the room” talk about the scandal. “I was 100% responsible for protecting my hand as a player,” Barry said, looking to take some responsibility for the situation. “100%. I own all of that. But motherf***ers is leaning over you on purpose, kicking other people that’s the cheating part.” https://twitter.com/HCLPokerShow/status/1489893119877267457?s=20&t=Vw1ho3eKDqulKRoULjioYQ Much of the focus of the 'Skillsrocks' stream has been centered on 'Skillsrocks' not just seeing Barry’s hand but going out of his way to do so. The fact that 'Skillsrocks' also tried to warn another player by kicking him under the table, took a bit of a backseat, something that Barry wanted to shine a light on. “The cheating part isn’t what he did, he didn’t cheat when he looked. I’m responsible for my own hand. The cheating part is when he kicked the other dude and was addressing him trying to tell him to fold when I had the straight.” It’s unclear whether ’Skillsrocks’ was trying to get the other player - Antonio (who wasn’t “in on it”) - to fold. Or, possibly, ‘Skillsrocks’ was trying to get the Antonio to check the turn so that 'Skillsrocks' who had flopped two pair, could see a free river to try and fill up and stack Barry who had the straight. “The idiot was looking at my hand, he was purposefully leaning back…trying to get into my hand. That’s the cheating part,” Barry continued. “So I don’t mind what he did, it’s part of the game. I should have been smarter and I should have held my hand better. I should have protected better…so I’m responsible for that. But him? He’s responsible for being a...” After Barry trailed off, high-stakes cash game pro Garrett Adelstein weighed in. Adelstein, widely consider one of the most respected high-stakes cash game players in the game today, respectfully took issue with Barry’s notion that part of what ‘Skillsrocks’ did was simply “part of the game.” “One thing you said that I just take strong issue with, on behalf of the poker community, looking at other people’s hands, if you can, is not part of the game,” Adelstein said. “That is not part of the game…that’s completely f***ing unacceptable.” Adelstein went on to talk about the decision to cheat is more than about the game, with Barry chiming in that it’s about integrity. “Now, is there a small segment of people in poker, and in life, who are going to take every edge like that if they can get away with it? Absolutely,” Adelstein continued. “But that’s not part of the game, that’s completely f***ed up and I think I stand for the vast majority of poker players that when someone is showing their hand they go out of their way to ensure they don’t look at it, they don’t see it, they say something - even if they have to say something to the guy every five minutes.” “I don’t think poker is this community where everyone’s just trying to rip each other’s head off… “That like life, some people in life are going to try to take every spot and other people are more interested in looking in the mirror at themselves and feeling ok about it,” Adelstein concluded. Barry followed that up by talking about the support he’s received. “Well, I appreciate it,” Barry said. “I’ve got a lot of support out there and I appreciate everybody reaching out.” ‘Skillsrocks’ remains banned from everything having to do with Hustler Casino Live and the establishment itself. The conversation about the incident continued during parts of the high-stakes cash game which you can watch right here (or on YouTube).
  4. Hustler Casino Live, with the help of the World Poker Tour, stole the spotlight from the 2021 World Series of Poker for 48 hours this past weekend by bringing in poker legends Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan to take a seat and battle in their high-stakes broadcast. The livestream was incredibly compelling. But what made it great was not necessarily the reasons one might think when sitting down to watch a pair of poker legends zero in on a high-stakes cash game. Certainly, the poker was exciting, with players needing a minimum of $100,000 just to lock up a seat, but it was some of the unexpected moments that made these broadcasts into hours of entertainment. Mikki Mase Is Must See TV In the early action of Day 1, the hype was around the arrival of Ivey but all the action surrounded “Professional Gambler” Mikki Mase. Mikki, may have needed no introduction for loyal viewers of the program, but with Hustler Casino Live drawing in plenty of new eyeballs (breaking viewership records across the two days), this was many fans' first interaction with the wildcard. “We plan on seeing a lot of action out of him, a lot of hands being played. He is not shy to mix it up,” said co-commentator Nick Vertucci. Vertucci was 100% correct. Mikki was immediately in the mix calling raises, overcalling, and applying pressure. There’s a chance that with players like Ivey, Garrett Adelstein, Matt Berkey, and Gal Yifrach in the lineup that Mikki was actually brought in as a V.I.P. of sorts. However, it didn’t take long for the hunted to become the hunter as Mikki was seemingly putting everyone in the blender. The hand of the night for Mikki came against Adelstein when both players were sitting with roughly $300,000 in their stack. Adelstein raised to $300 from under the gun with [poker card="as"][poker card="kc"] and from the small blind, Mikki put in a three-bet to $4,000 holding the [poker card="5c"][poker card="4s"]. When the action came back to Adelstein, he four-bet to $15,000 and Mikki literally snap-called. The flop came [poker card="kh"][poker card="th"][poker card="9h"] and Mikki took a few seconds, rechecked his cards, and led out for $15,000. “I mean, I love Mikki, but in a four-bet pot against an aggressive player, this is a suicide mission,” Vertucci said. Adelstein made the call. The turn was the [poker card="qd"] and Mikki fired again, this time for $20,000. Adelstein, shot Mikki a glance and made the call, sending the pot to just over $100,000. The dealer put out the [poker card="6d"] on the river leaving Mikki with 5-high. Undeterred, Mikki slid out a final bet of $60,000 which sent Adelstein in the tank. “So many tough decisions against you, I’ve been wrong every time,” Adelstein said, working through the hand. As Adelstein winced, Mikki, looking relaxed, grabbed his vape and took a hit. “He’s going to try and vape his way to a fold…” Vertucci said. Eventually, Adelstein again made the wrong decision and tossed his cards in the muck. The torture for him continued when Mikki showed the big bluff as the massive pot was shipped his way. And it wasn’t just this one hand. Mikki proved to be great for the game, ready to enter almost any pot, and not satisfied to lock up a win. On Day 1, viewers tuned in for Ivey but instead, they got the Mikki Mase show. The Age of Adelstein No one would dispute that Garrett Adelstein is a cash game beast as he's widely recognized as one of the very best in the game today. He’s fearless at the table and one of the most fascinating modern-day players to watch on any livestream. It feels like the importance of Adelstein doesn't even need to be stated. But when he was featured in the same game as Ivey and Dwan, it showcased just how much Adelstein actually needs to be appreciated. Over the course of two days that Ivey sat in the game he looked wholeheartedly...bored. He didn't get very good card distribution, had his phone taken away for RFID security reasons, and just couldn't get much going. You never know with Ivey, as he's got one of the best poker faces in the game, but it just looked like the whole thing was a chore for him. An assignment even. And as the minutes turned to hours the notions of having “The Phil Ivey” we really wanted to see in this high-stakes cash game dwindled. It wasn’t his fault exactly, he couldn’t find spots, was unwilling to flippantly make them, and eventually, on both days, he made an early exit. But while waiting for Ivey to be Ivey, we were entertained by watching Adelstein do what he does. He played big pots fearlessly, made incredible plays, and when he took a big hit, he went into his bankroll and added on for more, unwilling to play with anything less than the biggest stack at the table. Of course, we want more Ivey. We want him at the WSOP. We want him on TV. We want to see the man behind the mystique. But it may be fair to say that we want what we remember about him and that's rarely as we see him. It's a crapshoot. But Adelstein is right here, right now giving us everything we want to see out of a high-stakes beast. Unlike Ivey where we only get glimpses, Adelstein is featured on a near-weekly basis either on Hustler Casino Live or Live at the Bike. He consistently plays like we’re hoping to see Ivey or Dwan play. This is the Adelstein Era and if you didn't know, he’s already achieved GOAT status. One day, we’re going to look back, when, perhaps, like Ivey, he’s taken a step away from being in the spotlight, and we’re going to wish for just a glimpse of Garrett as he is today. But until then, if you weren’t already, it’s time to enjoy what he brings to the table right now. Watch Day 1 right here: Table Talk Made For the Most Interesting Moments There was a small, innocent, moment at the beginning of Day 1 that took many by surprise. Soon after Ivey sat down, Adelstein leaned into the table and looked at Ivey and said “I’m Garrett, Phil.” and gave a small wave. Phil simply nodded in reply. “That is quite the moment right here," said Bart Hanson. "Garrett to Phil Ivey, meeting each other for the first time.” It was a bit of a shock. Was this really the first time these two heavyweights had met in person? One would only assume that two players with such huge reputations in poker would have crossed paths in the past. Especially, with Adelstein being very open about his affinity for Ivey. That was just the beginning of many captivating snippets of conversation that kept the game feeling fresh, proving, yet again, that one of the best parts of poker is the social aspect. Sure, there were some big pots being played but it was equally fascinating to hear Ivey talk about the Paris casino robbery and how the robbers stuck a machine gun in his gut. Mikki Mase getting candid about how he’s been having his tattoos removed and the judgment he goes through on a daily basis. Dwan helping himself to some of Ivey's chips while complaining about how many times he lost his passport and how he couldn’t go to play in Dubai (where Ivey had recently traveled). There were times that the cross-talk was just as engaging as the thousands of dollars at stake. It made it so if you just fast-forwarded to the big hands, or read a recap, you missed the full flavor of the game. The two-day Ivey and Dwan cash games are on-demand on YouTube, but the Hustler’s live-stream grind continues with daily shows Monday-Friday at 5 pm Pacific. Watch Day 2 right here:

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