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The Best Hands of High Stakes Poker Season 8 Episode 3

Watch the best hands of each High Stakes Poker Season 8 episode on

The long wait is finally over as the new High Stakes Poker Season 8 kicked off last night after a nine year break. From now on there will be new episode coming out every Wednesday. However, the episodes are exclusive to those with a paid PokerGo subscription and we want to give our players the chance to see the best hands and biggest pots for free. That’s why we will sum up the top hands of each High Stakes Poker Season 8 episode on the next day on!  

High Stakes Poker Season 8 Episode 3 was a great one with lots of big bluffs and huge pots. Watch the best hands below!

Lineup of High Stakes Poker Season 8 Episode 3

Here is the lineup of High Stakes Poker Season 8 Episode 3:

  • Tom “durrrr” Dwan
  • Bryn Kenney
  • Rick Salomon
  • Nick Petrangelo
  • Lynne Ji (HSP Debut)
  • Brandon Steven

They are playing NL$400/$800 6-max with a straddle and minimum buy-in of $200,000.

KK vs. AK – Nick Petrangelo vs. Bryn Kenney: $519,800 Pot

The biggest pot of High Stakes Poker Season 8 Episode 3 was a classic cooler. Tom Dwan straddles to $1,600 and Nick Petrangelo finds Pocket Kings UTG and makes it $3,500 to go. Bryn Kenney picks up A♠K♦ on the button and 3-bets to $15,000.

Big hands all around as Rick Salomon calls with A♦4♦ and so does Brandon Stevens with Pocket Jacks. Just like that there are $50,900 in the pot and when the action comes back to Dwan, he decides to make a play at the pot by 4-betting with 9♠8♠ to $71,000! Pot Size: $120,300

Given that Nick Petrangelo is one of the shorter stacks with $207,000 or 128 big blinds behind, he only has one play here and that is to go all-in, which he does. Bryn has Nick covered and decides to make the call, everybody else folds. Pot Size: $519,800

Great spot for Petrangelo, who is a 70% favourite, but they agree to Run It Twice and here are the two runouts:


Nick wins the first one. However, in the second runout Bryn spikes an Ace on the turn and so they chop this massive pot.

Bluff gone wrong  – Nick Petrangelo vs. Lynne Ji: $268,600 Pot

The most spectacular hand of High Stakes Poker Season 8 Episode 3 was a big bluff of debutant Lynne Ji against Nick Petrangelo. It is important to note that Lynne already showed a bluff vs. Brandon Steven in episode 2.

Rick Salomon raises from UTG+1 with A♠2♣ to $3,000, Nick Petrangelo 3-bets from the button holding A♣10♥ to $7,000 and Lynne tries to pick up the pot with K♥9♥ and a large raise to $30,000. Rick folds, but Nick calls. Pot Size: $64,600

The flop comes 4♦Q♣A♦ and Ji makes a continuation bet of $22,000 into $64,600, Petrangelo calls again having flopped top pair. Pot Size: $108,600

Queens pair on the Q♥ turn and it goes check-check. Pot Size: $108,600

The 3♣ on the river is a blank and Lynne decides to go for it and to represent a Queen or full house by making a large $80,000 bet. Nick knows that this is how she would play the hand if she has a Queen, but he also knows that Lynne already showed a bluff against Brandon Stevens before.

This is probably also the reason, why he decides to make the call after tanking for a while and Petrangelo picks up a nice $268,600 Pot.

The Best Hands of High Stakes Poker Season 8 Episode 3

Flush over Flush –  Bryn Kenney vs. Tom Dwan: $174,800 Pot

Tom Dwan raises from UTG+1 holding Q♣9♣ and gets four callers. One of them is Bryn Kenney with K♣J♣. Pot Size: $10,800

The 2♣9♦7♣ flop is very interesting as both Tom and Bryn pick up a flush draw plus “durrrr” having top pair to go along with it. Taking a look at the odds, this is basically a coin flip with Dwan being a slight 51% to 49% favourite.

This changes dramatically on the 8♣ turn though as both players make their flush and Tom Dwan being drawing dead. “durrrr” can’t know that though and having the third nuts he must assume that his hand is good here. However, Bryn now leads out with a $22,000 bet and Dwan decides to just call. Pot Size: $68,600

The board pairs on the 2♠ river. This is exactly what you don’t want to see, when you have a flush in a big pot as now a full house beats you. Bryn does indeed check and Tom now has a pretty clear value bet and Bryn an easy check-call.

Dwan bets $53,000, Kenney calls and wins a decent $174,800 Pot. He could have won much more though as the board pairing on the river probably saved Tom Dwan from losing his entire stack.

The Best Hands of High Stakes Poker Season 8 Episode 3

Next High Stakes Poker Episode: Wednesday, January 6th at 8 pm ET

The fourth episode of High Stakes Poker Season 8 will come out on Wednesday, January 6th 2021 at 8 pm ET and we will once again post the most spectacular hands and also the biggest pots and bluffs on the next day, so make sure to check back regularly for the latest updates from High Stakes Poker Season 8.

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