WPH #516: Has He LOST His MIND????

During the Million Dollar Game on Hustler Casino Live, Hook and Texas Mike were involved in a pot worth over $1,000,000. We follow this crazy hand from Hook’s perspective after he gets check-raised all-in on the river while holding a straight! But what does Texas Mike have & what will Hook do?

When you are raised on the flop or turn while holding the nuts, it is generally best to just call against most opponents. A 3-bet can telegraph incredible strength and will often result in your opponent making big folds or giving up on their bluffs. Calling with some nutted hands is a good way to balance your range in these situations.

Charles Hook is an American poker player from Philadelphia, USA, who currently resides in Houston, Texas. He is a regular in some of the highest-stakes cash games in the world, both live and online. Hook has over $925,000 in live tournament earnings with his biggest cash of $216,814 coming at the $111,111 Big One For One Drop at the World Series of Poker for $216,814.. Since 2019, Hook has played in over 5 live streamed cash games and has lost over $1,000,000.

Michael Moncek or “Texas Mike” is from Chicago, Illinois, USA. Moncek has over $1,800,000 million in live tournament earnings with two World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets. The first was from the $1,500 Limit Hold’em event in 2022 where he won $145,856. The second was from the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em/Pot Limit Omaha event in 2023 where he won $534,499. He also has WSOP Circuit rings. Since 2023, Mike has played in over 7 live streamed cash games and has lost over $2,000,000.

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This was from the first day of the 2024 edition of the highly anticipated Million Dollar Game, which had a $1,000,000 minimum buy-in. The game was streamed for four evenings straight and featured an array of professionals and businessmen competing against one another. The players included: Doug Polk, Tom Dwan, Alan Keating, Santhosh Suvarna, Peter, Hook, Brandon Steven, Stanley, Rahul, Steve, Texas Mike, Rahul, and a mysterious guest called Thomas.

🔍 Preflop: With the $2,000 straddle on, Hook raises to $6,000 from under-the-gun+1 with 87 of clubs. Handz calls from the cutoff with T9 of clubs, and Texas Mike defends his under-the-gun straddle with a mystery hand.

💸 Flop – As 5h 4c: Texas Mike checks with his mystery hand. Hook has flopped a gutshot straight draw to the nuts and a backdoor flush draw. He decides to continuation bet for $5,000. Handz folds his suited connector, but Texas Mike makes the call.

💣 Turn – 6s: Texas Mike checks again on the 6 of spades turn. Hook has turned the nut straight and fires a second bullet of $16,000. Mike chooses to check-raise to $52,000 with his mystery hand. Hook opts to just smooth call the raise and they head to the river.

🌊 River – Ah: Texas Mike checks on the A of hearts river. Hook now loses to any full house; however, he goes for some value with his straight and overbets for $160,000. Texas Mike then check-raises to $734,000, putting Hook all-in. What does Texas Mike have here, and will Hook call or fold? Stay tuned to the end of this poker video to find out!

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