I’ve missed the EPT guys’ coverage over the last few months since Season 10 wound down back in early May. Always worth tuning in when the EPT is on, both because of the play and the high quality of the production and commentary -- the most consistently engaging televised poker around, in my opinion.
I was reminded this week that we did get another glimpse of James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton and the production team since the EPT Grand Final, namely at that Canada Cup event that played out at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal in late May.
I wrote about that one here briefly then, entirely because of the wild conclusion that saw no less than four players all in on the final hand with a rare triple-knockout giving the tournament to Robert Notkin. Yes, that really happened.
They’ve isolated the hand in a YouTube clip, which if you haven’t seen it is probably worth five minutes to watch:
“This would be the weirdest end of a tournament ever,” says Stapleton while Vincent Rivers contemplates making the call with his pocket eights, the only genuinely questionable action in the hand needed to create the weird four-way all-in.
Then when Rivers does call and everything is getting sorted out before the delivery of the community cards, Stapes delivers the following hilarity:
“Did anyone fold an ace?”
I’d missed that line when watching this hand before. Think about it.
Afterwards Hartigan makes reference to it having been “the strangest hand ever streamed online,” and it’s hard to disagree.
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