Wesley Fei and JRB make all the money, Persson pumps $600,000 into HCL


“Wes Side” Wesley Fei won a house, while Eric Persson lost one on a memorable nine o’clock Thursday night Live Hustler Casino stream that included dozens of six-figure pots.

The high-stakes cash game that started with a minimum buy-in of $50,000 at stakes of $100/$200, but morphed into a much bigger game with increasing blinds, straddling the major part of the session and many players adding to their stacks.

Jean-Robert Bellande, making his first appearance on Hustler Casino Live, was, to no one’s surprise, the most talkative player at the table, and also one of the most active. What looked like it was heading for a brutal six-figure losing session for ‘JRB’ turned into a massive win thanks to a late night heat-up.

Alan Keatingwhich sadly lost $1.1 million in historic “MrBeast Game” in May, showed up with a stack of $500,000, only to dust most of it off with his usual loose play before returning to almost even before the stream ended around 2:30 a.m. PT.

More than 16,000 tuned in at any time of the night, a stark contrast to rival Living by bikewhich drew more than 600 concurrent viewers for the second consecutive night of “Phil Hellmuth Week.”

“We murdered them. Like a crime scene with yellow tape and a coroner is needed,” co-owner of HCL Nick Vertucci Told PokerNews of the battle for views this week against Live at the Bike.

Hands of the day

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Bellande’s session began by cracking the aces out of his pocket, a common occurrence it seems when he appears on a TV poker show. He didn’t lose a ton of his $100,000 buy-in in that hand, but he lost a lot more in the most memorable hand he played all night against Fei, who didn’t seemed to lose a pot for hours. .

With {a-Hearts}{7-Hearts}Fei attempted a limp-raise to $33,000 and was called by the {j-Hearts}{10-Clubs} of Bellande. The flop is out {a-Spade}{10-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} and both players checked to see the {j-Clubs} around. The action checked to “JRB”, now with two pair, who bet $40,000 and received a call from top pair.

The river was the {7-Diamonds}a brutal card for Bellande, who shoved for $86,000 anyway and knew he was beaten when “Wes Side” called and then showed better two deuces to win the $282,000 pot.

“Oh my God!” exclaimed Bellande, rising angrily from his seat.

It was an epic hand but maybe not the best hand of the night. Late in the stream, Persson made the mistake of trying to bluff Keating, one of the looser players around. And it cost him dearly.

On a flop of {j-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}Persson launched a $20,000 bet with {a-Diamonds}{q-Spike} in a pot of around $30,000. There was no way this bet would pass, not with Keating, who just called, holding {5-Spades}{5-Clubs}.

The turn was the {7-Hearts}leaving Phil Hellmuth’s new rival draw dead, but that didn’t stop him from betting another $50,000. Keating made the call, then filled out the {7-Diamonds} River.

Persson couldn’t let go of the throttle and shoved for $150,000. Keating quickly called and won the $478,000 pot, the biggest of the day. The frustrating session ended for Persson, who was understandably smoking on the exit after dusting off more than $600,000 in nine hours. Moments before that hand, he had lost a $443,000 pot when he bluffed into the pocket of happy-go-lucky kings. ryusukewho joined the table late.

How did that happen

Mikki Masea controversial poker player who claims he can beat baccarat, fought for most of the night and was actually kinda up for a while after a rocky start. In the end, however, he couldn’t fold top pair with a weak kicker and lost to Bellande’s ace kicker in a six-figure pot that sent Mase to a disappointing outing.

That hand completely turned Bellande’s night around as she finally set him up for what was an otherwise tough session. He would go on to end the stream with an impressive profit of $210,000. Fei, however, was the day’s biggest winner and booked a $482,000 payout when the cameras stopped rolling.

Ben, another player who joined the game late, finished with a profit of $182,000 and only played a few hours. JR, an HCL high-stakes regular, quietly took advantage of $67,000 before leaving early, leaving a seat open for others to enter the game.

Ryusuke, like Keating, suffered a small loss, while Mase and Persson were the biggest losers. Boxer Ryan Garciawho is 23-0 in the ring, was knocked out early and lost his $50,000 stack.

Friday night starting at 5:00 p.m. PT, Hustler Casino Live will close out High Stakes Week with $200/$400 play with many of the same players, including Fei and Keating, seated at the table.


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