A recent game of Texas Hold ’em at California’s Hustler Casino has sent shockwaves through the professional poker community. Robbi Jade Lw, a player in Texas Hold ’em, won a $269,000 prize against Garrett Adelstein. Adelstein is one of the most well-known cash game players in the industry. The controversy surrounding the competition has only grown since then, with bullying allegations, cheating accusations and a huge refund. Let’s break down the divisive game.
‘Why Call With Jack High?’
If you’ve ever played poker, then you know that it’s so much more than a game of cards. It’s also a test of strategy and deception, something poker enthusiasts were reminded of last Thursday when Garrett Adelstein lost $269,000 in a game against player Robbi Jade Lew. After the competition, however, the Hustler Casino was under a cloud. On its Twitter account, the establishment posted a clip from the controversial game.
Unless you’re well-versed in poker lingo, it probably feels like you’re trying to decipher a foreign language while watching the video. Here’s the rundown: Throughout the game, Lew had a poor hand with a Jack of clubs and a four of hearts. From the first deal, there was no chance she’d land more than a single pair. Lew kept raising the stakes, knowing the odds were against him. If you watch the clip, you’ll notice that the announcer is absolutely baffled by her decision to match Adelstein’s all-in bet.
Adelstein had, however, a greater chance of winning the entire game. To get a flush, he needed any card of clubs. He would have had a straight if he had a Jack of all suits or six of them. If he was lucky enough, he would have gotten a Jack of clubs Oder a six of clubs, he’d have a straight flush—the second-highest ranking five-card hand you can get. These are fair chances. Of course, it was still a big risk on Adelstein’s part, but his confidence makes a bit more sense considering he just needed one good card to pretty much seal the deal.
Adelstein Accused Lew Of Cheating
Adelstein and Lew subsequently agreed to go all-in. “run it twice,”This meant that the dealer would give out two additional community cards, giving both parties two chances for sweetening their hands. Lew didn’t benefit from the community cards. Adelstein was also unable to fill out a hand due to poor luck. That means that the ruling would have to be made on each player’s “high card,”The player with the highest-valued card wins. By sheer luck, Lew’s Jack high bested Adelstein’s eight high, meaning she took the pot.
Adelstein immediately felt something was wrong. Even the announcer pointed out that Adelstein isn’t usually a sore winner. Lew was however quickly accused of cheating by the announcer. The proof? His intuition is the most important. Adelstein has one thing on his side: It is highly unlikely that an experienced player would wager so much on a poor hand. Lew, however, is technically still an amateur.
Adelstein confronted Lew, apparently after the game. The players have provided contradictory statements on what exactly transpired—all we know is that Lew returned Adelstein’s chips, effectively erasing her victory. Adelstein insists he didn’t ask for the money back, and her returning it was as good as admitting guilt. Lew has a different story.
According to her twitter feed, Adelstein was extremely intimidating. Adelstein allegedly raped her alone and demanded that she return the money. Essentially, she’s accusing Adelstein of bullying her.
The Hustler Casino launched an investigation to investigate the matter. “We are in the process of hiring a law firm to conduct a comprehensive investigation, which will include staff and player interviews, a review of relevant records, and possibly the use of polygraph testing,”You can find more information at statement from the establishment.
Here’s the deal: There’s absolutely no evidence available to the public that would suggest Lew cheated. It is possible that she lied to the public and won. Her behavior at the table seems to support this. She seemed flustered by the end and offered no explanations for her gameplay. She repeated the same sentiments afterwards.
But the investigation’s results are sure to prove instructive. If Lew hadn’t returned the money, most people probably would have dismissed Adelstein’s behavior. Yet, Lew Did The money should be returned. Players have thus opened a can full of problems that goes beyond their game.
What power does a high-roller with a male-dominated industry wield over a younger player like Lew Would any other woman have the confidence to stick to her guns in that situation, even if you played a risky—possibly even ill-advised—game? Lew wouldn’t be the first woman to compromise in order to avoid conflict. If the investigation comes out in Lew’s favor, it will certainly speak to a larger problem that transcends the poker industry.