Playing Poker with Michael Phelps!


August 2008 previously I the Jeff boesky
vlog I dropped out of college I quit my
full-time job to pursue poker for a
living I now have to make the leap of
faith pack up all my belongings drive
2,000 miles to Las Vegas I have $5,000
in the bank and I’m getting back four
tournaments
fast forward to October 18th there’s a
1570 dollar tournament at Caesar’s
Palace in Las Vegas it’s time to take a
shot upon arriving at Caesar’s Palace I
recognize a lot of high-stakes online
players such as Johnny bags and SD
Trojans there’s one guy that’s
constantly walking around hamming it up
with all the rags who’s wearing a white
t-shirt has a goatee aviator sunglasses
and a lacasa hat cocked to the side
figure you saw my online crusher but not
sure who he is the tournament goes on
and I’m doing pretty well win some big
pots lose some big pots but we’re about
eight hours in we’re approaching the
money when the guy with the aviators and
lacasa hat gets moved to my right with
blinds at 1500 3000 under the gun limps
aviators in La Coste hat guy shoves all
in for thirty thousand chips I’m next to
act with about 60,000 chips in pocket
queens let’s get them we shove all in
the blinds fold and the limper folds and
we’re up against ace 10 off suit this
guy stands up you know crowd starts
forming and everybody’s rooting for an
ace ace dealer ace I’m of course anti
rooting the ACE let’s hold one time this
tournament means a lot to me the flop
comes ace high and he erupts in
celebration
I’m devastated I don’t hit a queen and
he doubles up I’m crippled and I lose
shortly thereafter falling short of the
money before I lose as he’s stashing my
chips a 40 year old Caucasian woman
comes over to him with a card player
magazine in hand kneels down and asked
for his autograph so this confirms my
suspicions that he is a well-known
online crusher the lady leaves a few
other people you know high-five him pat
him on the back
why is everybody rooting against me
eventually I turned to him and just say
are you famous or something he replies
with yeah kinda I I swim and look at him
and pretty much laugh out loud and
repeat you swim I didn’t know swimmers
had fans 7-year old Caucasian male
across the table looks in my direction
and says yes 14 gold medals Sonny turns
out the all-american hero who just
crushed the 2008 Olympics just sucked
out on me and stole a bunch of my equity
he celebrated in a manner that really
tilted me
after I lose I go home to my favorite
poker form pocket fives calm and right a
trip report of the tournament because
that’s what you did back then there
wasn’t really YouTube blogs to recreate
all the action within the trip report I
described how he celebrated it in a
manner that made me feel he was acting
like a douchebag as it turns out some of
his friends alert him of this article
relay him this message
and the next day I go to Caesars and
some words are exchanged stay tuned to
find out what happens
michael phelps was lucky enough to get
ninth place in this tournament that he
sucked out on me and got the largest
cache of his career for just over $5,000
i’m happy for you
the day after that there’s a thousand
dollar tournament at Caesars and I’m in
town I’m here to gamble let’s gamble I
register a little late sit down at my
table I’m in seat three put on my Bose
headphones get ready to play some poker
and that out of my left peripheral I see
a character about a foot away from me
kind of hovering over me so I take a
peek end it’s none other than Michael
Phelps he’s back he’s playing some more
poker and I look at him and I hear some
muffled noise so I take my headphones
off and he says I heard you were talking
some shit about me on your blog slightly
confused because I don’t have a blog I
asked him blog he looks over at his
buddy Scott to confirm that I said some
shit about him on my blog and he says
pocket fives and he goes oh yeah you
called me a douche bag I pocket fives
and this is when I know I have three
options
timeout yeah this is horrible I can
admit guilt apologize and ask for
forgiveness
I can lie deny it say it some other guy
I wear I can own up to it and face the
consequences
I chose option three I said yeah you
acted like a douche bag when you sucked
out on me he gets closer to me hovering
over me with his chest puffed out I’m
still sitting and he starts doing this
stupid laugh like huh oh I’m a douche
bag huh I’m a douche bag
and I said yeah you exhibited douchebag
behavior that’s bad sportsmanship he
continues with the laughter and part
amis uh hoping I don’t have to get into
a fistfight with this Olympic medalist
who’d probably probably beat you
and I’m getting the feeling that it’s
about to go down I’m about to fight
Michael Phelps and I don’t like my
chances so here we go he laughs a few
more times I’m still sitting expecting
the worst hey pal what sit down you’ve
had to miss the best part all new weed
nephews a bathroom sit down lady
gives me a few more looks and goes back
to a seat to continue playing the
tournament in hindsight it would have
been very financially beneficial for me
if he would have started swinging with
all the cameras and his newfound
millions and millions of dollars and
Wheaties boxes and gold medals and
endorsements and such
these are the butterfly effects that
happen in life and I can’t complain I’m
happy that I didn’t check it out I stuck
by my guns whether or not he acted like
a douchebag that’s up for debate I felt
like he did let me know what you think
in the chat and that is my Michael
Phelps story the win Fall Classic
$250,000 tournament $600 is the buying
over 50,000 for first I’m sure they’re
gonna crush the guarantee let’s get it
with blinds at 100 300 is 300 action
folds me in the middle position pretty
action table and I looked down at pocket
aces
love pocket aces I make it 800 to go
action folds to the big blind and he
folds aces with blinds a it’s one
hundred three hundred three hundred
under the gun plus one makes it 1,100
I’m a middle position again with pocket
aces what the hell’s going on big
opening sizing usually means a big hand
so we make it thirty two hundred action
folds back to the razor and he folds no
action on the Aces
with blinds at 200 400 400 under the gun
plus one makes it 1,000 the next two
players call I’m in middle position
again with ace four of Spades
and 16,000 chips could just rip it I
mean some dead money out there what
we’re talking about 40 blinds plays
pretty well relevant blocker but I
decided to just put in the flat call a
little lower variance let’s see a flop
the big blind does come along we’re five
ways to the flop the flop comes Queen
four three two clubs checks the original
raiser who thinks for a while and bets
1300 very small sizing but you got to
remember this is still strong because
he’s betting into four people that you
guys on my right both fold so I think
we’re priced in in position with our
second pair we put in the call 1300 and
the big blind comes along the turn is an
off suit Jack action checks to the
original raiser and he checks I don’t
see any reason to bet here don’t think
they’re gonna fold any better hands so I
checked behind the river is a beautiful
4 of Hearts
big blind shacks and original RAZR bets
5300 what’s he rapid King Queen ace
Queen wouldn’t he bet these hands on the
turn ace Jack pocket queens pocket jacks
most of these hands would just continue
on the turn so now the question is in a
threeway pot on the river is it better
to flat the 5300 with what I believe is
the best hand or shove for 13,700 to try
to get that extra value if I just flat
the 5300 there’s a some percent chance
that I’ll be over called by the big
blind although he’s shown a lot of
weakness this is a 3-way spot that’s
very common that I really don’t know the
answer to the problem was shoving is
will he call with a worse hand than trip
fours River shoves are very rare and
often very very strong very rarely a
bluff I’d ever take as this line so he
knows I got like trip fours or a slow
plate set of some sort
I eventually shove the other two players
fold and we take down a nice pot and
we’re now up to 26,000 chips
all right
it is 4/20 and that means no more
reentry’s we’re in for $600 we have
about 25,000 chips blinds are going up
and we’re gonna bag and tag in about
eight hours let’s stay focused a
first-place prize takes the 2163 I would
like you all with blinds at 200 500 500
under the gun makes it 1,800 action
folds us in the big blind and we look
down at pocket aces unbelievable pocket
aces again got to put it in that three
but his range should be very strong
based upon him being under the gun and
is pretty large sizing let’s play four
stacks I make it five thousand ago one
chip he thinks about it and puts in the
call the flop comes 10 8 3 2 clubs we
have about 16,000 behind so this is a
great time to bet a third of our stack
5300 he thinks about it in folds and
says he had a sking how did you not get
it in pre I feel robbed and we move on
to the next hand
with blinds at 400 800 under the gun
plus one
recreational older Caucasian male puts
in the limp I’m in middle position and
looked down at pocket aces again I can’t
believe it we don’t have the video going
for the full time at the table just
random clips but believe me I had them
so I pump it up to 2500 somewhat of a
middle-aged Asian reg in the small blind
puts in the call and original number
calls comes King Jack five rainbow
checks out 31 I’ve about eighty pounds
behind kind of awkward stacks I
shouldn’t have to be raised folds in my
range but they might not know this we
want to raise for value get this
heads-up deny all their equity from King
X Jack X green 10 Taipans so I make a
neat thousand small blindfolds which he
later says was pocket tens and original
limper goes deep into the tank and folds
we take down another pot with pocket
aces to the button makes it 1,900 a very
loose player in the small blind puts in
the call he’s had a few outbursts when
things didn’t go his way
unfortunate bro that’s poker I’m in the
big blind I looked down upon 27,000
chips in this spot I want a three bet in
isolated against this late position
action I want to do it with 1/3 of my
stack that way I can still raise fold or
I could be inducing hoping that they
have perceived fold equity the heavens
are opening up it’s getting windy out
here I make it 8200 the button quickly
folds in the small blind spaz jams in
35,000 we call show our tens he shows
Queen 10 of diamonds and says quote this
hand flops well while I sure hope it
doesn’t flop well we got video
we did good
thirty you played it well that’s what it
comes down and I’m out of the wind /
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