Jason Koon Wins Big on Poker After Dark's "High Stakes Hybrid"

Poker After Dark's most recent episodes, which featured a high stakes hybrid of cash game and sit and go style poker certainly brought back some of the buzz that had been lacking in recent episodes, and it was Jason "jakoon1985" who walked away the biggest winner from last weeks games.

Storming back onto our screens with some huge NL action featuring the likes of Tom Dwan, Antonio Esfandiari, and Daniel Negreanu playing for pots of $600k, $700k, and one of almost $1m, the new Poker After Dark was more than living up to our expectations. However, after a comparatively drab and undramatic few episodes in the recent "PLOMG Week" which featured the likes of Ike Haxton, Phil Galfond, Brandon Adams, and Brian Rast, it was good to see the new format encouraging more of the big pots and big plays which made Poker After Dark such a ratings winner first time out.

The NL game saw players buy-in for $100,000 and play started with $200/$400 blinds. Like a normal cash game players won what they took from their fellow players, rather than playing for a set prize pool. However, like a sit and go there were no rebuys, so if you lost your $100k you were out, and also there were two blind increases finishing on $600/$1200 after 90 minutes of play.

The second day of Hyrbid action saw 6 of the 7 players from day one return (Dan Shak, Doug Polk, Brandon Steven, Jason Koon, Mike Baxter, and Brian Rast), with only Lauren Roberts missing from the original line-up. On day 1 only Baxter busted out with Dan Shak the big winner, up $135,800 with Rast (+$44,300) and Polk (+$37,900) the other winners.

Day 2, however, saw the biggest pots and the better action with half of the table losing their $100k before the end of the match. First out was day 1's big winner, Dan Shak, who busted after losing a big pot to Polk when he flopped top pair with {K-Clubs}{Q-Spades} on a {3-Diamonds}{K-Spades}{7-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} board. Polk had Shak crushed the whole way after flopping a set of 3's and made an easy call when Shak decided to shove for over $45k on the river.


Above: He may have been day 1's biggest winner, but Dan Shak was the first player out on day 2 after dusting off his $100k pretty swiftly.

Polk soon won another six-figure pot when his broadway straight came up against Baxter's trip Kings and the current One Drop champion was sitting on over $1/4m.

Polk, however, was soon to play a big part in Koon's recovery from some early setbacks. Down to less than $30k Koon came up against Polk with his {8-Spades}{8-Hearts} to Polk's {7-Hearts}{7-Clubs} all in preflop.  A 7 on the flop looked like curtains for Koon, but the {8-Diamonds} turn allowed Koon to make the crucial double up.

Later in the match Koon won a $113k pot from Polk after his {A-Spades}{K-Diamonds} made top pair on the river and Polk (holding {A-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}) made a ill-timed bluff on the river.

Polk's stack took even more punishment when he was coolered in a $158k pot against Brandon Steven when Polk's {A-Hearts}{A-Diamonds} came up against Steven's {K-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}. A flop of {K-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds} inevitably spelt disaster for Polk who found his once huge stack back to where it started. Polk made a little back soon after when he busted Baxter in a $40k pot as his {A-Clubs}{J-Hearts} twice came out on top against Baxter's {A-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}.

It just wasn't Polk's night, however, and he became the third and final player to bust his buy-in when he was handed yet another cooler in what turned out to be the week's biggest pot of $371,400. With blinds up to $600/$1200 Polk was dealt {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs} to Koon's {A-Hearts}{A-Clubs}. By the flop the pot had almost reached $80k with Koon opting to simply flat call Polk's 4-bet. He then went on to move all-in on the {9-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} flop with Polk calling for his last $147k. Both runs of the turn and river blanked and Polk busted out on the last hand of the night.

Above: Watch Jason Koon take down the week's biggest pot against Doug Polk in PAD's 'Highstakes Hybrid' week.

The final pot meant that after being down to under $30k at one point, Jason Koon ended the night with a $377k stack, up $277k for the day. The only other winner of the night was Brandon Steven who won $59,700.




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