Reinkemeier Lays Down Aces After Seiver Bluff

Red Aces and chips

Ever since the World Series of Poker Big One For One Drop coverage has been made available, there have been a number of hands involving pocket aces that have become major talking points.

One was the famous A-A versus A-A which brought an elimination for Conor Drinan, another was when Phil Ivey correctly laid down his aces when behind and the latest is the one we have shared here. The hand involved Scott Seiver and Tobias Reinkemeier with the former being dealt the Ks-10s and the latter the As-Ah.

Reinkemeier seemed to want to try and slow play his aces, which most players would certainly contemplate if at this stage of a poker tournament. Seiver had initially raised the pot pre-flop to 1.2 million chips which only brought a call from his opponent.

Seiver bet out 1.5 million chips after a check by Reinkemeier on the flop of 4c-Qs-2c and it was here that many would have expected a raise from Reinkemeier but he again simply called. The turn fell as the Jc giving Seiver an open-ended straight draw and he pushed all-in for more than 6 million chips.

In the defense of Reinkemeier, there was now a possible flush on the board and the occasion was a massive one. There was a lot of money on the line so if he had called and it was wrong, it could have had a substantial impact on his chances at making as good a score as he eventually did.

He thought about it for a long time with some entertaining conversation between the two where he told Seiver the cards that he had. He also gave Seiver an intense inspection before Daniel Negreanu finally had enough and called the clock. Eventually Reinkemeier folded, which brought a reaction of disbelief from Seiver who could not believe his opponent folded pocket aces.

The debate about this play has split many opinions with many understanding why he folded and others suggesting that he should not have tried to play the aces so slowly. That is the beauty of poker though, is there ever the ‘right’ play?

With events such as this one that are seen by millions, there are always going to be hands discussed by fans and professionals alike. The same is certainly going to apply to the World Series of Poker Main Event final table coming up in November.