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27/08/2007 No. 39
he Guardian G2 Poker Column
Victoria Coren
Monday Aug 27, 2007

Last week's episode of Premier League Poker (which concluded this week on Channel 4) contained a good example of what I wrote a few weeks ago about calling on the river. I raised with the King of Spades, King of Hearts and Liz Lieu called. The flop came ten of diamonds, six of Diamonds, two of clubs: I bet, Liz called. The turn came five of diamonds: I bet, Liz called. The river came a nasty fourth diamond, and I checked. Liz bet 40,000. Why? With a medium flush, straight or set, she would be relieved to check. With the ace of diamonds or king of diamonds, why would she flat call on the turn? It smelled exactly like one of those opportunistic river-card thefts with no hand at all. I called, and Liz was indeed on a total bluff. Sadly, in tomorrow's episode I will be giving most of those chips back, after running an ill-timed bluffing check-raise into one of Liz's monster hands.


What's interesting about both bluffs (and the call with one pair) is that the final began with Devilfish saying Phil Hellmuth had the best seat because "he's got the two ladies in the blinds when he's on the button" - the implication being that ladies are weak-tight players who will only get aggressive with the nuts. But I am not surprised after his earlier comment that "girls should be home ironing clothes", the refusal of any PLP commentator to understand that feminine guile can be more profitable than blunt aggression anyway, and Andy Black's insulting remarks before the semi-final about what an easy opponent I would be (ironic, given how quickly I knocked him out).

Premier League Poker has taught me that much of the poker world is even more blindly sexist than I thought - and that's saying a beakful. Luckily, I won $35,000 (while Black and Devilfish failed even to make the final), and that buys a lot of oven gloves.

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