Poker After Dark never quite leaves me satisfied serious poker is being played. It feels too forced, like the players are only playing because they’re getting a ridiculous amount of money (go figure). Anyways, in this hand Sammy gets mixed up with Phil Ivey and Ivey catches a lucky Queen on the river to make a full house. Both had great hands after the flop with Ivey hitting a set of sixes and Sammy with a made straight and potential flush (technically it was a potential straight flush but Ivey had the 6s so it couldn’t have happened).
Sammy is usually so collected, but he appeared to get flustered at the table. I think he was being a little too cordial with Phil Hellmuth badgering everyone like a schoolgirl regaling stories, opinions, and poker tips. The playful back and forth left Sammy open for shark Phil Ivey’s comment that he looked nervous. As soon as Ivey said that, Farha did in fact look nervous. Ivey has that way about him where he’ll send a few piercing words your way and catch you off guard. Farha nicely tried to catch himself but he had already stumbled.
Phil Hellmuth has one of the most interesting personality complexes I have seen. When he does interviews outside the game, he seems normal enough, but at the poker table he’s so high strung he makes guitars jealous. Watch him as he gets interrupted by anything said and becomes growingly concerned when nobody gives a darn about what he has to say.