Hollywood Home Game - July 9
While Johnny Orgovan is
dealing with hurricanes in Florida, I am subbing in to
bring you the Hollywood Home game. We know who Kathy
Griffith (Celebrity Mole #1 Winner) is, but as for
Jeremy Sisto, Billy Burke, Carlos Bernard, Ron
Livingston and Tom Everett Scott, well...I have no
clue who these people are. (C-Note: A Lot Like
Love, Ladder 49, "24", "The Practice", and Van
Hand #1 - We start with Kathy's A ?
Q ? and Billy's 10 ? 10 ?.
The flop is 5 p, 7 ?, 9 ? and Billy gets aggressive
and bets into it. Kathy calls. The turn is a 9 ? and
Billy, smiling pretty, puts more in. Kathy, playing
the village idiot, calls. Every idiot has their day,
though as an A ? on the River
gives Kathy the winning hand. She knows it and bets
$50,000. Billy, not thinking that Kathy has anything,
calls. The hands are revealed and a thrilled Kathy
takes half of Billy's chip stack.
Hand #2 - Carlos has a Q ? J
? and calls. Jeremy sticks around with a K ? and 6 ?
, as does Kathy with a 10 ? 4 ?. The Flop is J ?. 6
? 3 ?,
and that pretty much forces Kathy out of the hand.
Carlos bets and Jeremy calls. The river is the Q ? and
Carlos now has the two top pair. It's Jeremy who is
betting first and Carlos raises the minimum. Jeremy
calls it. The turn is the 2 ?. Carlos bets at it
again, Jeremy calls it again, and Jeremy will be
losing a chunk of his chips to Carlos.
We see Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Laak in the
player's lounge. They are the 'guides' in this game.
If any of the celebrities needs assistance, they will
use a 'Guide Card' and a guide will come and help
Hand #3 - Kathy raises the pot an A ? and a Q
?. Carlos has a pair of 9's (?
, ?) and gladly calls. The flop is 6
? 7 ? 9
?. That gives Carlos trip
9's, but it also gives Kathy a flush draw. Carlos puts
$30,000 in the pot and Kathy calls. The turn...bingo!
a 5 ? gives Kathy the flush.
Carlos bets $10,000 but Kathy gets aggressive and
raises it to $50,000. Carlos calls and hopes to pair
the board for a boat, but the 4 ?
on the river doesn't do it. They both check and Kathy
hauls in a monster pot.
We see a profile on Kathy Griffith, who is playing for
Face to Face, an organization that gives surgeries to
women who have been domestic battered housewives.
Hand #4 - Here we go again. Kathy has an A
? 8 ?
and raises. Everyone bails...but Carlos Bernard has an
A ? Q ? ...and folds.
Apparently, Carlos is intimidated and Kathy wins the
Hand #5 - Jereny calls with a 7 ?
6 ? . Tom Everett Scott
raises with a J ? 10 ?. Kathy finally folds, but Billy
Burke, with a K ? 4 ?, raises it. That gets rid of
Jeremy, but Tom goes over the top and goes all-in.
Billy calls and we see our first showdown. The flop -
A ?, 7 p, 4
? . The turn is a 7 p and the River is a 4
?. That makes a 4 over 7's
Full House for Billy, and he takes most of Tom's
chips. Tom picked the wrong time to play his first
Hand #6 - The blinds go up. Ron Livingston has a pait
of 10's (?, ?) and goes for
$30,000. Tom, with an A ? 4
? with less than half his
stack left, goes all-in. Kathy calls with a... K
? 4 ?. Wha? We have a 3 way
as we see a flop of 7 ? 2 ?, J ?. That does nothing
for anyone, which is good for Ron and his 10's.
Everyone checks as a 9 ? comes on the Turn. Ron adds a
straight and flush draw to his possibilities and bets
a nice $100,000. Kathy calls, but then again, she has
money to burn. The River is...an A ?
. That now gives the Pot to the All-in Tom. Kathy puts
$50,000 in the pot. That's good enough to scare off
Ron, who folds. Tom is happy, because he wins the
3-way. Kathy is happy, because she wins the side pot.
Ron, who has given a combined $200,000 to the both of
them, isn't too happy
Speaking of Tom, his charity is the Caring for the
Children of Families with AIDS. Hand #7 - Jeremy is
the short stack and calls with a Q ? J ?. Kathy has an
A ? 5 ?
and calls. The Flop is 9?, 8 ?
6 ?, giving Kathy a straight
draw or a flush draw. Kathy bets at it, Jeremy raises
enough to go all-in and Kathy calls. The Turn is a 7
?, which gives Kathy a straight, and a 2
? on the River gives Kathy a
flush. It also gives Jeremy a trip to the showers, as
he finishes in 6th.
Hand #8 - Ron gets big slick (A ? K
? ) and raises to 30,000. Tom has A
? 8 ?
and calls. The flop is 9?, 6? 5? and Tom has a
straight draw. Ron has the best hand, though and goes
all-in. It will cost Tom $75,000 to call and he does
so. Tom needs a 7 or an 8 to knock Ron out. The Turn
is a 9 ? and a 10 ? pops up
at the River. Ron stays alive and Tom takes a hit on
Hand #9 - Carlos calls with a A ? 9 ?. Tom also has an
A, 6, though non-suited (A ?
6 ?) and also calls. Kathy raises with a K ? 10
? with $50,000. That scares
away Carlos, but Tom goes over the top and goes
all-in. Kathy decides to gamble and calls. She doesn't
like what she sees, and she really doesn't like a 6
? 6 ?
7 ? on the Flop which gives Tom Trip 6's. A 7
? on the Turn could be a
split pot, but a 2 ? on the
River gives Tom another double up and the chip lead -
Hand #10 - Tom has an A ? 3 ?. Kathy has a Q ? 8 ?.
Billy has black cowboys. Uh-oh. Kathy inexplicably
calls, but it's a good one as the flop is Q
? J ?
9? . That gives Kathy a bunch
of outs, but she can't have a 10. The Turn is a 2
? and they both check. The
River is a 5 ?, which gives Billy the win. They both
check again and Billy nabs the pot and the chip lead,
while Kathy's stash continues to shrink.
Billy is playing for VH1's Save The Music, which is a
program to help fund music programs in the schools.
Ron goes all in with a A ? 6 ?. Tom, with an A
? 5 ?
, decides to use his red guide card to summon a poker
pro. The pros instruct him to fold, and he does. It
turns out to be the right move, as he would have been
behind in the hand.
Hand #12 - The blinds increase again as Tom Everett
has an A ? 9 ? and raises.
Kathy goes all-in with a A ? 8 ?
, and Tom is confused. He wants a red card, but he's
already used it. Tom folds it and Kathy bluffs her way
to another win.
Hand #13 - Kathy has the black tens, Tom has a K ? 8 ?
and Ron has a 4 ? 2
? . They all call and see a j
? 2 ? 3 ? . That doesn't help
anyone but Tom gets aggressive. A 6 ? goes up for the
Turn and Ron goes all-in. That scares Kathy enough to
Action International is a company that allows groups
to start their own business. That's what Carlos is
playing for, but on Hand #14, Carlos starts and calls
with a K ? 10 ?. Kathy has Big Slick (A ?, K
? ) and raises it to $75,000.
Carlos raises and goes all-in and Kathy quickly calls.
That spells disaster for Carlos, who needs a 10. The
flop has ...2 Tens! (10 ?, 10
?, 5 ? ), a K
? comes on the Turn, which
gives Kathy a shot at a push, but a 5 ? on the River
gives Carlos an almost $450,000 win on a suck-out.
It's now Kathy on the sucking as she is the new short
Hand #15 - Ron has a pair of 10's (?
and ?) and makes a nice raise. Kathy goes for an
all-in with a K ? and an 8 ?. In a weird scene, Billy
has the OTHER set of 10's (? and ?)
and calls. As there are no more 10's, a king popping
up would be huge for Kathy. The flop is nothing close
to a king - a 7 ? 6
? 3 ?
. Now it's Tom who goes all-in and Billy has to make a
decision. Billy calls and they show each other the
10's. The turn is a 2 ? , and
Ron now has a flush draw. The river is red...but a J
? gives the men a split pot
while Kathy, after a strong start, got too greedy and
is out in 5th place. Kathy is depressed and speaks to
Phil Laak about getting therapy. I don't think he's
the right person to talk to about that.
Hand #16 - Billy has a A ? 10
? and raises it to $80,000.
Ron calls with a 8 ? 6
? and wants to get lucky,
which he gets with a 7 ? 6 ?
3 ? Flop. Ron bets $100,000, which is a third of his
stack. It's also around a third of Billy's stack, so
he uses the Red Card. Antonio warns him that with any
pair he's dead, so he should fold. Billy does do that,
as he protects his lead and Ron wins the pot.
Hand #17 - Kathy comes back and tells them how much
she hates all of them. As she leaves (what a nice
gal), Tom goes all in with a A ?
6 ?. Billy bails, but Carlos,
with a K? 8 ? , calls. The
Flop pairs both the Ace and the King, and with nothing
else coming out, the Aces win. TOm also wins, while
Carlos gets relegated to short stack duty.
Carlos is playing for PS Arts, which, like save the
music, also helps out educational programs who's music
funding has been cut. Ron doesn't want to get cut, so
he raises on an A ? 8 ?. Tom
has a K ? 9 ? and re-raises. Billy bails and Ron goes
over the top. Tom calls and is on the short stack. The
flop is a Q ? 6 ?, 2 ?, which
is no help to anyone. A 10 ? is a gut shot straight
draw, but not with a 7 ? on
the river. Tom loses the hand and loses the match,
falling into 4th place.
Hand #19 - Billy has an A ? 6 ?
and raises it. Carlos has a pair of 6's and raises it
to all-in status. Billy calls - and he sees that he
needs an Ace. Instead, he gets a 6 (6
? , 5 ?,
3 ?). BIlly needs 2 Aces - he gets a 9
? on the turn and the hand is
out. Billy is very short stacked...
...and on Hand #20, he goes all in with a K ? 6
?. Unfortunately, Carlos gets
that same A ? 6 ? that Billy had on the last hand and
he calls. The flop (9 ? Q ? ,
5 ?), Turn (1-
?) and River (2 ?) doesn't do
it and Billy goes from leader to out in third in 2
hands. As the money rains down on the final two
players, we see that Carlos is now the leader, with a
$100,000 lead on Ron.
Hand #21 - The flop is a A ? 10 ? 2 ?. That gives them
both potential, but no hitting, so they both check.
The turn is a 7 ? , which
also helps no one. They both check and we see a River
of 8 ? Again, no help, and
Carlos will win...if he calls Ron's $50,000 bet. He
does, and Carlos wins amazingly with a Queen high.
That gives Carlos the lead again.
Hand #22 - Ron has a 5 ? 4 ?
and mak es the call. Carlos has a 9
? 2 ? and calls. The
Flop, a 6 ? 3 ? K
?, gives Carlos the lead and
he bets it. Ron quickly bails and Carlos increases his
Hand #23 - Carlos has a K ? 7
? and calls it. Ron, with a 10 ?
3 ?, goes over the top and
goes all-in. Carlos calls and he has the best hand
going into the Flop, which is a A ? K
? & ?. That gives Carlos 2
pair, but a 3 ? on the Turn gives Ron some
hope...which is extinguished when the River yields a 2
?. Carlos wins the match and
gives P.S. Arts $10,000, as well as giving himself a
free seat into the WPT Championship.