Today on my poker radio show, The Final Table, Dennis Phillips, Joe "The Poker Coach" McGowan, and I talked about Dennis' debut on "High Stakes Poker," which aired Sunday night.
We analyzed three hands that Dennis played, all of them involving Tom "Durrr" Dwan, including one in which Dennis bet the flop with the best hand (ace-jack on a jack-high board), but then checked the turn, allowing Dwan to catch up. He explained why he did that, and Joe discussed why it's so hard to play against Dwan. We also reviewed an "HSP" hand where Phil Ivey had kings and Patrick Antonius had aces, both were deep-stacked, yet they didn't play a huge pot.
Then we were joined by Mori Eskandani, the executive producer of "High Stakes Poker," as well as "Poker After Dark" (where you'll see Dennis later this week) and the NBC Heads-Up Championships (where you'll see Dennis in April and May). Among other topics, Mori answered criticism from some online posters who think the structure of the heads-up tournament is too fast and doesn't give the better players a chance to play their game.