Pocket Jacks

Event: Poker Masters

Place: Aria in Las Vegas

Setting: It is the final $100k event and there are only 16 players left 
near the bubble.

Blinds: 1500/3000/300.

Stacks: Negreanu - 634,000; Koray Aldemir - 414,000.

No action until Koray Aldemir raised in the cut-off to 7,000 with:
   
Jack Spades Jack Diamonds
 
Phil Hellmuth folded on the button but Negreanu in the small blind 
re-raised  to 27,500. Steffen Sontheimer - the ultimate  winner of 
the purple jacket - folded the big blind.

Koray Aldemir calls it. Pot is 61,000

Flop comes in rainbow colours and Aldemir is with set:
King SpadesJack ClubsEight Diamonds
A small ball from Negreanu - 16,000 which Aldemir calls.

Turn is useless, yet insightful deuce of hearts:
King SpadesJack ClubsEight Diamondstwo hearts
Negreanu bet again - this time for 45,000 and Aldemir calls as well.

River comes as nine of spades and reveals opportunity for a straight: 
King SpadesJack ClubsEight Diamondstwo heartsNine Spades
Negreanu fires 125,000 and Aldemir after brief consideration moves all-in.
 
Negreanu calls quickly and shows:
Queen DiamondsTen Spades

On your attention, dear student of occult arts must be the colours of 
this hand. Observe  carefully the  danger Aldemir took with the Jacks 
one of the most unstable cards on the deck. Pair  of jacks sure means 
trouble. In  this case the trouble was for their holder. The flop hit
with king of Spades, which was the indicator that spades are going to 
rule here. And indeed they did. With the Power bestowed  by the Queen
of Diamonds Negreanu delivered his spear - 10 of Spades and destroyed 
the paper fortress of Aldemir. This  was fullered by  the forthcoming 
of the nine of spade, the little sister of the most destructive spear 
in the deck. 

It was a big blunder for Aldemir. Let this  be  his lesson  and serve
us as a warning of how  we accept the pocket jacks, once  and for all.

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