November 20, 2005
In almost every episode,
we've started with all of these complicated scenarios
of who had to do what. Not this time. It's the finals.
Whoever wins 2 out of three games wins the match and
$400,000. Johnny Chan. Todd Brunson. Someone's taking
home a heap of money.
Hand #1 - Chan (Q/9 ?) and
Brunson (K ? 6
?) both start out
conservative to see a Flop - 7 ? 9 ?
10 ?. They both check to a 5
? on the Turn and a K
? on the River. It's
Brunson's hand to lose, and he bets at it. Chan calls
and pays off Brunson.
Hand #2 - Chan has a J ? / 10 ?
and calls. Brunson has a Q ?
J ? raises and gets called.
The Flop - 2 ? 7
? 7 ?. Brunson bets at it and
Chan folds. Brunson is a quick 2 for 2.
Hand #3 - Brunson has A ? 9
? and raises, which Chan
calls with a 6 ? 2 ?. The
Flop - 8 ? 7
? 8 ? . They both check to
the K ? on the Turn. Chan bets, but Brunson calls it.
The River is a Q ? and both players check through
again. Brunson wins another pot.
Hand #4 - Chan has a 10 ? 9 ?
and raises it up. Brunson has a K/Q
? and quickly calls. We see a 4
? 10 ? K ? and both people
connect on the Flop Chan connects on the middle pair
and bets at it, but Brunson connects on the high pair
and raises. Chan goes All-In and Brunson quickly
calls. Chan needs a 10 or a 9, which he doesn't get on
the Turn (6 ?) or River (Q
?). Brunson wins the first match and only needs to win
one more for $400,000.
Hand #1 - Chan has a K ? Q ?
and raises. Brunson had an 8 ?
6 ? and calls it. The Flop is
a 9 ? 5 ? 3
? and he has an inside straight draw. A 7
? shows up on the Turn and
Brunson makes his straight. The River has an A
? and Brunson bets. Chan has
nothing and wisely folds. Brunson now has the early
lead on the second match as well.
Hand #2 - Brunson, with a K ?
4 ? calls. Chan actually has a hand with pocket 6's
and limps in to see a A ? 5 ? 2 ?
on the Flop. They check to a J ?
on the turn and a K ? on the River. That river gives
Brunson Kings and just checks through. Brunson wins
again and Chan has yet to win anything.
Hand #3 - He could win one here, with an A/J
?. Brunson has a K ? 7
?, but he connects on the
Flop when a 5 ? K ? 9
? shows up. The Turn has a 2
? and the River has a 6
? - neither of which are good
for Chan. Brunson bets again and Chan folds. 7
Matches. 7 Wins for Brunson.
Hand #4 - Brunson has another good hand - a A ? 3
?. Chan, with a Q
? 9 ?,
raises and Brunson...folds??!? CHan wins a hand, but
is still down, 1,150,000 to 850,000.
Hand #5 - Brunson has 6 ? 3
?. Chan has...Kings. Uh-oh. The Flop has a 7
? 4 ? 2 ?,
and Brunson has a gut shot straight draw. He bets and
Chan calls. The Turn - 9 ? Brunson hasn't made his
straight and now Chan bets. Brunson bails and gets out
of the way.
After seeing a montage of Johnny Chan's trip to
Versace for some more florescent color shopping
(yikes) we go to...
Hand #6 - Brunson bets 8/7 ? and hoping that Chan has
nothing. Chan has lovely ladies, however, and goes
All-in. Brunson escapes disaster and folds.
Hand #7 - Chan has a K ? 4
? and calls. Brunson checks a
6 ? 2 ?
as we see the Flop - K ? K ? 2 ?.
That's Trips for Chan, but it's Brunson, with 2 pair,
who bets. Chan raises (of course) and Brunson calls.
The Turn - 7 ? and Brunson fire more chips at the pot.
Chan calls. The River is a 5 ?,
which doesn't help anyone. Brunson checks to Chan, who
bets 200,000. Brunson thinks he doesn't have the
winning hand (and he doesn't - so he folds, giving
Chan the chip lead.
Hand #8 - Brunson goes back to good hands - this time,
an A ? 8 ?. Chan calls with a
7 ? 4 ? and we move to the
Flop - an 8 ? 4
? 2 ?.
Chan bets and Brunson raises. Chan sees that his hand
may have issues, so he folds.
Hand #9 - Chan has K/J ? and limps in. Brunson has a
10 ? 8 ?
and...raises? He does and Chan quickly calls. The Flop
- A ? 7 ? J ?. Chan has Jacks and Brunson, with a gut
shot straight draw, bets. Chan calls and we go to the
turn - 3 ?. Brunson goes
All-In and hopes that Chan doesn't call. Chan calls
and he likes what he sees. The River...a 4
?. Chan doubles up and
Brunson is in deep peril to lose this round.
Hand #10 - Brunson goes all-in with a K
? 5 ? - and he's dominated by
Chan's A ? 8
?. The Flop - 10
? Q ? 4 ?
The Turn - 2 ?. Brunson needs a King or a 5 for this
Match to continue. The River - 7 ?. Chan evens up the
match at 1 apiece and we go to the tie breaker.
Hand #1 - CHan has a K ? 3
? and limps into Brunson's
6/8 ?, who raises. Chan bails
and Brunson takes the first round.
Hand #2 - Brunson has more hearts. This time, it's a
6/5 and he raises again. Chan has a K/7
? and he calls. The Flop - 5
? 10 ? 8 ?.
Brunson hits the 5's but Chan has a Flush Draw - which
he gets on the Turn on the A ?.
The River - 9 ? and Chan bets 150,000. Brunson only
has 5's and he folds.
Hand #3 - Chan has - Vowels - and raises. Brunson has
a nice hand with a K ? Q ?
and calls. The Flop - 5 ? 5
? A ?
and Chan has a full house. They both check to a 10
? on the Turn. Now it's
Brunson with both a flush and a straight draw and Chan
bets. Brunson calls as we see the River - 7 ?. Brunson
hits nothing and is free to fold when Chan bets 80,000
- but he calls and pays Chan off. Chan is now up
1,260,000 to Brunson's 740,000.
Hand #4 - Chan has a 9/2 ?
and limps in -= as does Brunson and his 5
? 3 ?.
The Flop - 7 ? J
? 4 ?. They both check, but
on the Turn (4 ?), Chan bets to try to get Brunson out
of the pot. Chan gets his wish, Brunson folds and Chan
has a bigger lead.
Hand #5 - Brunson has a nice k/10 ?
and raises into Chan's....Ladies. Uh Oh. Chan calls
and we see a Flop of 8 ? A ?
A ?. The Aces are scary to
both people but Brunson bets and Chan calls. The Turn
- 6 ? and it's now Chan who bets. Brunson folds and
Chan is getting hot at the most opportune time, now
leading 1,350,000 to 650,000.
Hand #6 - Brunson has a J ? 7
?. Chan has a 5 ? 3
?. They check through the
Flop (Q ? 6 ? 2 ?) m but Chan
bets on the Turn (J ?) Brunson calls - and he'll call
on the River (4 ?) - but that river gives Chan a
straight and that's now 5 straight winning hands for
Chan, who leads 1,510,000 to 490,000.
Hand #7 - Chan has a J/9 ?
and raises. Brunson, with an A ? 8 ?,
goes All-In, now should Chan call and lose, they will
be virtually even, so it's not a bad bet to call. That
being said, Chan folds and Brunson gets some chips
Hand #8 - Chan has a K/8 ?
and calls. Brunson checks with a Q ? 2
?. He connects on the Flop
with a Q ? 4 ? 5
?, but Chan has a flush draw
and raises. Brunson goes all-in and Chan, who would
only be trailing by a little should he call and lose,
calls. The Turn - 9 ?. If the River has a Diamonds or
a King, the match is over. The River - 7
?!!!!!!! Chan knocks out
Brunson and is the winner of Poker Superstars 2!!!!!!
Chan picks up $400,000 and has a grand total of
$515,000. Don't feel too sorry for Brunson though -
Todd gets $140,000 for making it to the finals and
takes home a total of $235,000.
We see highlights of the last match and Johnny Chan
rejoicing, and then we fade to black. End of series.
My take? I loved it. I loved every minute of this
show. The strategy was great, the caliber of stars was
wonderful and I learned a hack of a lot. This easily
gets an A and I look very forward to seeing Poker
That ends the recap for this series. This is Gordon
Pepper, hoping that you felt like a Superstar in
reading these recaps.