Curry/Murphy/Pescatelli/Leifer/Kolberg/Williams/Johnson - July
We are back for another episode, and for the comedians, it's been no laughing matter. Hopefully, Mark Curry, Sue Murphy and Tammy Pescatelli can change
all that, as their team is trailing in points, 42-40. The comics have to be smarting themselves, after seeing comedian Carol Leifer win last week. They
send up Kathy Kolberg, David Williams and Linda Johnson to play. It's very
serious for another reason - though it's only Match #4, only Murphy and
Kolberg is in the top half of their groups, which means that unless these
guys start winning points, they won't be around for the
FACT - Pescatelli wants to know how to
flirt better. Maybe she'll be able to flirt with the
Hand #1 - Kolberg wants to play an A ♦ 7 ♣. Everyone else folds
and Kolberg wins the first hand.
FACT - Sue Murphy
likes to sky dive. Hopefully, she'll find a safe place to land
Hand #2 - Murphy calls with an A/5 ♦. Johnson, with only a Q ♦ 5 ♠, raises. The Flop is
4 ♣ 3 ♣ 7 ♠, and Johnson, with only a straight
draw, bets. Murphy calls. The Turn is a 10 ♣, which is no help to
anyone, but with a flush draw on the table, Johnson bets $40,000. Murphy has
all red cards, so she folds.
FACTS on David
Williams - He won the 2005 Youngblood Tournament. He also quit SMU (though
he hopes to go back) with a 4.0 GPA. He says that he feels more accomplished
with finishing first in a limit hold-em tournament at the Bellagio.
FACT - An Ace/King is called 'Big
Slick'. An 'Ace/Queen' is called 'Big Chick'.
Hand #3 - Murphy has a K/5 ♠ and calls.
Pescatelli has a 9 ♥ 8
♠ and calls. Curry has...uh oh...BIG CHICK! (A ♠ Q
♥). Curry raises. Pescatelli
(who really has no business being in this hand) calls, while Murphy bails.
We see a Flop of 3 ♠, A ♦ 4 ♦ and Curry pairs his vowels, while
this gives Pescatelli no help. Pescatelli bets and Curry, of course, goes
all-in. Tammy calls, which makes me want to say...Wha? The turn is a 4
♥ and Tammy is drawing dead.
The river (Q ♣) is irrelevant and Curry doubles up, while making
Pescatelli the short stack.
FACT - Mark Curry admits
that he is a Julia Child fan. He just cooked Tammy on that last
Hand #4 - It's time for the MYSTERY HAND. No
one knows what anyone has. We see Williams Q ♠ 10 ♣ and
we see him call. Everyone else (except Curry) plays. The flop is massive - a
9 ♦ J ♦ K ♥ gives Williams a straight. Everyone
checks - including Williams. The Turn is a 5 ♦. Uh-oh. There's a possible flush on
the board. NOW Williams bets and everyone else folds - except Pescatelli,
who calls. The river is a 10 ♦. If Tammy has a diamond, she has a flush and Williams loses. Sure enough, Pescatelli goes all-in and Williams will
her off if she has a diamond. She does - an A ♦ 10 ♥ gave her the flush and she doubles
FACT - The very first tournament that Kathy Kolberg played in, she won. The winning hand? 4 Queens. Nice. The prize for
first? $30,000. Niiice.
FACTS on Tammy Pescatelli -
She's been on Jay Leno, as well as the Last Comic Standing Series. She says
that if she wasn't a comic, she'd be a diplomat. She prefers to sit back and
let other people make fools of each other - sort of like her poker play.
We'll see if that's an effective strategy.
The world record for a stand-up comedy set is 36 hours.
Hand #5 - Kolberg has some lovely ladies (Q ♦ Q ♣) and goes all-in.
Pescatelli has Big Slick (A ♥ K ♣) and calls. The flop
is a 4 ♦ 10 ♦ 7 ♥, and Kolberg is looking good. The 9
♣ on the Turn and the 3 ♣ on the River is also good for
Kolberg, who doubles up. Pescatelli sees a chunk of her chips go bye-bye as
she drops to the short stack.
FACT - Jay Leno
started by working for free. He made 20 million in
FACTS on Kathy Kolberg - She's the daughter of
Jack Keller and placed first in the Aussie open. She wanted to play poker to
learn about her father, and she finally met him over the phone.
FACT - After his big second place win at
the WSOP in 2004, David Williams paid off his mom's house.
Hand #6 - Murphy is even shorter stacked
than Pescatelli and has to go all-in on the ante. Pescatelli calls with K/6
♠. Murphy is actually ahead with an A ♠ 8 ♣,
but Curry calls with an A/10 ♥ and he's now in the lead. The Flop
has a 5 ♥ 7 ♠ 4
♣. Curry still has the lead, but Pescatelli has an open-ended
straight draw. She bets and Curry raises to put her all-in. Pescatelli calls
- and it's a good one, as an 8 ♠ comes up and Tammy has her
straight. The river is a 2 ♣, which makes Tammy the winner of the hand. Murphy is out in 6th place, and Pescatelli, who didn't realize that
she had the straight, triples up at the expense of Curry.
FACT - Jeff Foxworthy has sold the most comedy
albums with 15 million.
Hand #7 - Curry has red
deuces and as he is the short stack (thanks to the last hand), he raises.
Pescatelli with a...J ♠ 10 ♣? Huh? Williams also calls
with a Q ♣ 6 ♠ and Johnson joins in with a A ♠ 3 ♥. The Flop, with a K
♠ 10 ♦, J ♦, favors Pescatelli, who now has 2
pair. Williamson and Johnson are both on straight draws and Curry needs a
pair of runners for a flush. Williams bets $40,000, which forces Curry or
Pescatelli to almost go all-in. Curry doesn't want to try, but Pescatelli
does and calls. The turn, a 3 ♣, help no one and Williams bets another $20,000. That does force Tammy to go all-in and she calls. The river
is a 7 ♦, which does not give
Williams his straight and it allows Tammy to double up for the second
FACT - David Williams used to work on
Texas Railroads before turning to poker.
- Kolberg raises with a A ♠ 8 ♣. Pescatelli has red 5's and calls. Williams will limp in with a 8/7 ♥ as will Johnson with a 9 ♥ 3 ♣. Williams, like
Murphy on the hand #6, has to go all-in on the ante and does with a J ♠ 3 ♥. As we get
a family pot, the Flop, a 2 ♠ 7 ♣ 10 ♥, helps out Williams, who has 7's.
Everyone checks to the Turn, a A ♥, which gives Kolberg Aces. The
river, a 8 ♣, gives Kolberg the win with a dead man's hand, which
is appropriate for Curry, as his chance for winning the match is now dead.
Kolberg makes a huge bet that forces everyone to go all-in to call except
Williams, who is the chip leader. Pescatelli wants no part of this, and
neither does Johnson, while Curry is forced into it. Williams, who had his
8's paired on the river does call - and will not like what he sees. Williams
loses a huge chunk of chips to Kolberg, while Curry is out in 5th
FACT - Mark Curry has read all of John
Steinbeck's works. He'll have a lot more time to read them now, as he has
Hand #9 - It's now Johnson's turn to
go all-in with the blinds. Kolberg (A ♠ 4 ♠) and
Pescatelli (7 ♦ 3 ♣) join in, but a Monster Flop of Q ♦ A ♦ A ♥ gives Kolberg a set. Everyone
checks to the turn, which is a J ♥. Kolberg bets and Pescatelli bails.
The river is a 5 ♣, which gives Kolberg another pot and eliminates
Johnson from the competition.
FACT - Kathy Kolberg
was once a probation officer. She just shipped Linda Johnson away to
Hand #10 - Kolberg raises with a K
♠ 6 ♦. Pescatelli,
who has an A ♦ 6 ♠,
goes has a big raise. The flop is Q ♥ Q ♠ 8 ♦ and Kolberg goes all-in on a bluff. Pescatelli calls and Kolberg's hand is caught in the cookie jar. The Turn is
a K ♣ and Kolberg, who now has Kings, catches lightning in a
bottle. The river is a 7 ♣ and Tammy is out the
FACT - Gus Hansen was voted one of People
Magazine's sexiest men in 2004.
Hand #11 - The win
over Pescatelli gives Kolberg a huge $426,000 to $174,000 lead over
Williams. Williams raises with a K ♥ 10 ♠. Kolberg has an A/3
♠ and goes over the top. Williams calls - and he's behind in the
hand. The Flop is a J ♣ A ♥ 9 ♦ and Kolberg pairs her Aces. The turn
is a 7 ♥, and Williams needs a 7
or a Queen. A 4 ♥ is not it,
and Kathy Kolberg wins the match and gets into the financial bling
FACT - The good luck coin that Williams has
is a present from pro player Michael Mizrachi. It helped David, but he's
used to finishing in second, as...well...you all know about the 2004 WSOP.
Second place in this, however, is a good place to be. Let's see who's
** Carol Leifer - 16 -
**Tammy Pescatelli - 12
**Robert Wuhl -
**Sue Murphy - 6
**Marc Curry -
**Paul Rodriguez -
**Phil Laak - 20 -
**Kathy Kolberg - 18 - $5,000
Williams - 12
**Linda Johnson - 12
*Connie Kim - 2
* = The Number of
Next week - the Unabomber comes back,
while Mark Curry wants to get his own comedy. Join us in 7 days to see who gets
the last laugh this time.