You know how it happens, when a tournament is getting close to its fruition, many players decide to cut deals with each other. You see it all the time, whether it is online or offline poker, players cutting the prize pools to ensure they get a good payout no matter what the finish. It is most definitely not something that is out of the ordinary…except in possibly one situation.
In the satellite for the Big One For One Drop, a truly interesting situation arose. This satellite was a $25,000 buy-in event that had 96 players which meant just a 2 place payout. Whoever finished in first place would win no cash, just a $1million free ticket for the buy-in at the Big One For Drop One event at the WSOP. The player who won this $1 million ticket would then stand a chance of winning $18.3 million.
Now here is where it gets interesting, the player who comes second in this tournament does not win a seat in the $1 million buy-in event, they win $1 million instead.
In this particular satellite, when everybody else had been eliminated and it got down to the final two players it was Gus Hansen and Shaun Deeb. These players are both exceptionally well known on the poker circuit and amongst poker fans the world over.
When it initially got down to heads up booth players had relatively level stacks, which promised to be a possibly intriguing matchup if it went to the death. However both players deciding to spend a few minutes to try and work out a deal that suits each player.
When they finally made their way back to the table, they sat down and continued to play. The play that was to ensue though has been discussed ever since.
Play started and Shaun Deeb made an initial raise which was practically the entire size of his stack, apart from just one chip worth 5,000. Hansen called and he flop came out, Hansen then made a bet and Deeb folded. Of course any one would know that Deeb certainly had the pot odds to call with his final 5,000.
Hansen the won the very next hand and won the tournament, taking his seat in the event that could win him far more than the $1million Deeb took down for finishing second.
What Was Said In That Discussion?
Nobody truly knows, but as it seems, Deeb wanted the second prize rather than the top one. It is definitely a lot of money which he can use to payroll his tournament entries for a whole year. There is also a possibility that some deal may have been struck between the two concerning a percentage of any winnings that Hansen could possibly make at the Big One event.
In my opinion Deeb took the best option, its fast money and it’s a guaranteed year’s money for tournaments that he now does not have to worry about. If he took the seat at the Big One Event there is still the chance he could have walked away with nothing, especially considering the caliber of players he would have been up against.