PokerStars Festival Bucharest: Hand of the day

As you'd imagine, we've seen some pretty sick hands in our time here on the PokerStars Blog.

In fact we see them day in day out. We're used to them. We're numb to the bad-beat. I mean, it helps that we don't have to be at the receiving end of them... but still, we've seen it all over the years.

But every once in a while, it's worth sharing a particularly brutal one to remind you that it's not just you who's always at the recieving end of them.

Take this one from today...


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The happy winner

We found out about it after hearing a giant uproar from across the poker room, coming from Table 4. As we headed over we found a very happy Ersoy Cagdas (above) raking in chips. After eventually stacking the 84,200 chips he'd won from the pot, he explained how it went down.


Blinds: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

It all began with Cagdas flat calling an early-position open of 4,000 from the cutoff. The button called and Romanian local, Ciprian Paunescu, three-bet to 15,000 from the small blind. It received calls from all round, as action went to the flop.

When the J♥A♦T♥ landed on the felt, Paunescu continued the pressure leading out for 30,000 and Cagdas was the only opponent to come along.

The turn was the J♦. It prompted Paunescu to check, and slow the action down. However, it was Cagdas who decided to put on the pressure this time by moving his remaining 36,500 chips in the middle.

And Paunescu snapped it off.

They both flipped their cards over to reveal:

Paunescu: A♥A♠
Cagdas: J♣T♣

A pretty sick turn for Cagdas who had turned the lower full-house to Paunescu's Aces full.


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Nice one, I'll just start counting up how much you owe me...

With only 2% to win it and one card to come, it was looking pretty dire for Cagdas. But then the dealer burned a card. And it HAPPENED.

The J♠ landed on the board, to give Cagdas quads and send Paunescu reeling. Ouch.

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Thaaaat's poker

The miracle one outer sent more than 80,000 chips Cadgas' way and left poor ol' Paunescu with a little under 40,000.

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Dan Jones
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