Phil Hellmuth the greatest tournament poker player of our time. Despite the fact he might be rude at amateur players or uses profane language after loosing a pot. His turnament poker skill is unquestionably the best, proven with more then 13 wsop bracelet.
Here we examine a hand between phil hellmuth vs adam levy
Phil Hellmuth raises to 15K from early position (with around 500K in chips, Adam Levy calls on the button with Qc 10c (with around 460K in chips) and play is heads up. and the blind is 25k/50.
I am not here to discuss how the player played their hand after the flop, rather I am here to discus Phil Hellmuth charade at adam levy.
Phil Hellmuth blasted adam for calling him with q and 10. And according to phil hellmuth it is a horrible call. Not justifying phil’s ill-mannered behavior, but here I agree with phill hellmuth calling with q and 10 suited is just a horrible play against phill hellmuth.
If this was a cash game, then q and 10 flush calling on the button would be standard, but this is not cash game, this is tournament and in a tournament you want to make the nuts and if you don’t have the nuts, then in general you can’t move all in especially with 100bb.
Adam levy is very lucky that he hit a straight on the turn and having phill hellmuth hit 888. What adam levy failed to understand is more likely then not he will hit one pair and hellmuth hitting his set. I am sure adm levy is a good enough player not to go broke with top pair and mediocre kicker, but hitting a queen you are bound to call at least two barrel from phils set, giving phill basically free chips.
Now lets say adam levy hit two pair on the flop q 10 4, and lets say phil hellmuth is crazy enough to move all in with AA on the flop. Despite the fact adam having top two pair, phil hellmuth is not drawing dead, and adm could go completely broke on this hand too.
So from the above anaylsis even top two pair is not safe against Phil hellmuth solid early position raising range.
Also the only safe flop would be to hit a straight right on the flop such as j 9 8 preferable rainbow. But even this is not safe, because more likely then not phill hellmuth will have top set here, and after two barrel if the board ever pair, adams straight is busto and his going home broke.
Also you have to remember phil hellmuth is perfectly capable of folding top set if he puts you on a straight, with 100bb phil hellmuth is not going broke on the river without having the nuts!
What I am trying to say is, calling with q and 10 on the button is an ok move against a bad player, but against a very good player such as phill hellmuth in a turnament with 100bb is just stupidity. and this is what the pros mean, when they say, " yup, you are right phill, in tournament they just give you their chips!"