Williams/Williamson/Johnson/Curry/Pescatelli/Leifer - July
Hello, all. Gordon Pepper
here with the third match of Poker Royale. We have 6
people who are ready to get rumbling, so let's meet them.
Carol Leifer - She has 1 third placed finish and 6
points. So far, so good.
Tammy Pescatelli - This is her first trip to the
show. Hopefully, she'll do better here than she did in the
Last Comic Standing Series.
Mark Curry - This is also his first trip to the
show. Hopefully, he'll do better here than he did in
And the pros...
David Williams - 1 Match. 4 points. Not very good
Robert Williamson - Also one match. Also 4 points.
Also not very good so far.
Linda Johnson - She has no points, but her excuse
is that she hasn't played yet.
Fact - The average comedy writer makes $11,475 an episode.
Hopefully, Carol will do better than that on the series.
Hand #1 - Williams starts with a big raise with a 5
? 2 ?.
Leifer starts out with...Black Aces. Be careful, David.
Leifer raises and David feels her pulse. Tammy tells Carol
to be careful. David waits for a loooong time, but then
Fact - Williams used to work as a construction worker.
Hand #2 - Here comes Leifer again - and this time, she has
Big Slick (A ? K ?). Williams
goes in what he thinks has the best hand (K
? Q ?)
and calls. The flop - 5 ? 7
? 5 ? the turn is a 7 ?. The
River is a 6 ?. Leifer is only going to lose if David
bluffs her, and he does indeed try. Leifer has none of
that and calls and gets the win. She's now a nice -sized
chip leader. Williams is now the not-so-nice short stack.
Fact - 'I don't have any children - at least none that I
know about' is the catch phrase of Carol Leifer.
Hand #3 - Leifer (10 ? 8 ?) stays
in, as does Williams (10 ? 9 ?), Pescatelli (A ? Q
?), Williamson (4
? 4 ?) and Johnson (J ? 10 ?).
The Flop is A ? 3 ? Q
?), which gives Pescatelli 2
pair. She bets, and everyone folds but Leifer. The turn is
a J ? and Leifer bets $11,000 on
a straight draw. Pescatelli calls, which is not what
Leifer wants, and a 2 ? on the
River, which gives Leifer nothing, is also not what she
wants. They both check as Tammy grabs her first pot and
Carol suffers her first losing hand.
Fact - Mark Curry used to work as a Skyride Operator at
the Oakland zoo. Curry has also been in 'Armageddon' and 'Hangin'
With Mr. Cooper'. He said that they were so poor that for
Halloween they put boxes on and called themselves UPS. Heh.
At 6'5", and 230 pounds, he says that he also only eats
once a day.
Hand #4 - The aforementioned Curry raises with a...9 ? 7
?? Apparently, he knows something, because the Flop is a 7
? 9 ? 2 ?. Williams, who made top
pair with a J ? 9 ?, goes all-in,
which is not good because Curry has 2 pair. He's concerned
because Leifer (who has a miserable K ? 6
?) is still there, but he calls
and Carol gets out of the way. Williams asks what Curry
has, and he says only 'Chickens', which is his 2 small
pair. The chickens however, are better than William's 9's,
and its David who may soon be clucking. The turn is...a Q
?, which means that Williams
needs a Jack. A 5 ? on the River isn't that, so Williams
is no longer hanging with Mr. Curry as he leaves with no
Fact - Williams, for second place, won 3.5 million. That's
not a bad day at the office. Also - laughing involves 15
different muscles. David may be using some of them to make
himself feel better
Back to Williams, who says that he learned a new term -
'Chickens', from Mr. Curry. He also said that he's being
much friendlier, which has also given him a 4th and 6th
placed finish in his first 2 matches. Hmmm....perhaps a
change of strategy is needed.
Fact - Leifer wrote for SNL from 1985-1986.
Kenna says that the pros have not been playing well
because the comedians have been playing weird and the pros
have been letting them drive over the cliff. I'd like to
point out that the first two matches were won by the pros,
so I wouldn't exactly say that the pros have been losing
mercilessly to the comedians.
Fact - Tammy got into comedy via a dar for her to be on
'Open Mic' night. Here's some more info on Pescatelli -
She was born in Cleveland and in addition to LCS, has been
on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno a number of times. She
says that she is classy, but not delicate.
Fact - Leifer wrote material for the 74th, 76th and 77th
Academy Awards Show.
Hand #5 - Tammy calls with a 10 ?
9 ?. Linda Johnson (A ? 3 ?) and
Curry (J ? 3 ?) calls. We'll be
seeing more of Tammy as she gets trip 10's from the Flop
(4? 10 ? 10 ?). She bets and
Curry bites. The turn is a 2 ?
and Curry is drawing dead. Tammy bets again and Curry
gives Tammy more chips. The River is an 8?, which is no
good to either one. Tammy throws a little small bet to
Curry, who plays the role of the walking ATM Machine and
gives Tammy more money. The ladies of comedy are the 2 top
chip leaders while Curry is the new short stack.
Fact - Carol Leifer once opened for Frank Sinatra in
Vegas. She has had company - while in Vegas, Soupy Sales
has been hit in the face with 19,000 Cream pies.
Hand #6 - The little blind is the Stevie Wonder and the
Big Blind is the Ray Charles, according to Carol, with an
A ? 8 ?. Curry has a Q
? J ?
and raises. That's a bad move, because the Flop, with a 3
? 6 ? 8
?, gives Carol top pair. Curry apparently doesn't like
money, as he raises the pot. The Turn is a 6
? and Leifer bets again. Curry
calls as we go to the River, which is.. a K
?. Leifer has the winning hand
and puts Curry almost all-in. Leifer takes another win.
What was Curry doing in that hand with a Queen high and
him not being aggressive?
Fact - Johnson was the second woman ever to win a World
Series of Poker bracelet and is known as the First Lady of
Poker. She tries to win money, but make sure that everyone
has fun in the process.
Curry, with 3 chips left, isn't having much fun. He
realizes that he hasn't been playing well. Noooooo, you
think? He goes all-in with a Q ? 8 ?, and Pescatelli (A
? 10 ?), Williamson (K
? 9 ?)
and Johnson (Q ? J ?) all call.
The Flop is J ? 7 ? 10
?. Tammy pairs the 10's, but
Johnson pairs the Jacks and has the edge. The turn is...a
2 ?, which helps no one. Johnson
goes all-in and Pescatelli calls. She can knock off both
people if an Ace or 10 show up. The River...4
?. Johnson picks up a huge
180,0-00 and knocks out Curry, who finishes in 5th. She
also puts Tammy as the new short stack. As for Curry, he
says that he needs to learn how to fold. He promises to
bring the pain next time. Sure you will, Mark.
Hand #7 - Williamson has suited A/K ? and raises. Leifer
calls with A ? J ?, but she is a
decided underdog against Williamson. The Flop is 2 ? 2 ? J
?, as Leifer pairs the Jacks and takes a commanding lead
but Williamson has a flush draw. Williamson goes all-in
and Leifer calls. The turn is...5 ?.
That's not a club, so Leifer is safe. The River (6
?) is also not a club, so Leifer
doubles up and Williamson is now the new short stack.
Fact - Williamson lost s 20-1 chip lead at the WSOP
finals. Well, that explains a lot, don't it?
Hand #8 - leifer (Q ? 8
?), Pescatelli (A/J ?) and
Williamson (9 ?, 4 ?) all call.
The Flop is a 6 ? J
? 9 ?. Williamson has 9's and
goes all-in. Unfortunately, Tammy has Jacks and calls.
Unfortunately for both of them, Leifer has a gut shot
straight and is willing to gamble, so she calls as well.
The Turn...A ?, giving Tammy 2 pair and she goes all-in.
Leifer...calls??! Leifer needs a 10. The River is...A 10
?!!!!! Leifer has the straight
and knocks out both Williamson (4th place) and Pescatelli
(3rd). That also gives Leifer $385,000, which is a lead
over Johnson's $215,000.
Fact - Tammy Pescatelli once signed an autograph for a fan
and then walked straight into a pole. I bet she feels like
she just did that again.
Hand #9 - Leifer calls with A ? 6
?. Johnson has...Jacks (?, ?) and
raises. Leifer calls it, and doesn't get help with a 5 ? K
? 4 ? on the Flop. Johnson goes
all-in and Leifer needs help. She gets it on the Turn with
an A ?! The River...an 8 ? and
Leifer wins the match. Leifer wins her first $5,000 of the
series and shakes Johnson's hand.
Fact - Tammy has 2 brothers and 11 male cousins, but says
that she is shy around men. Wha?
Leifer is thrilled that she got lucky. She says that she
wants to do it again. Well, she'll be able to, but first,
let's see those points.
** Carol Leifer - 16 - $5,000
**Robert Wuhl - 8
*Sue Murphy - 6
*Tammy Pescatelli - 6
**Paul Rodriguez - 2
*Mark Curry - 2
**Phil Laak - 20 - $10,000
*Kathy Kolberg - 8
**Robert WIlliamson - 8
**David Williams - 4
*Connie Kim - 2
*Linda Johnson - 0
* = The Number of matches played
Next week - Pescatelli, Curry and Murphy attempt to do
better against Johnson, Kim and Kolberg. Join us in 7 days
to see which of these people get the points that they