(NBC) -- The place is Las Vegas, at the World Series of Poker. It’s the first day of the “Big One for One Drop”, the record-setting $1 million buy-in pro-am tournament at Caesar’s. And if all that money on the table isn’t epic enough, we also have a moment straight from Casino Royale. In it, a corporate CEO named John Morgan quite possibly bluffed someone on a $3.4 million raise … even though that someone, Moscow businessman Mikhail Smirnov, was sitting tight with four eights. Yep, he folded on a multi-million hand while holding four-of-a-kind. Well-played, Mr. Bond. The blow-by-blow is here at WSOP.com, but suffice it to say that Smirnov had just raised Morgan $700,000 after getting his fourth eight on the flop (he held two eights down). Without much hesitation, Morgan then went all-in, shoving $3.4 million to the middle of the table. With a 7, 8 and Jack of spades showing, Smirnov was concerned that Morgan might have the 9 and 10 for a straight flush, which would have beaten his eights. So after some lengthy consideration, he folded.
This right here is why roulette is my casino game. I’ll play some blackjack occasionally but 90% of the time I’m at Foxwoods you’ll see me posted up playing red or black. Yeah I know it has the worst odds in the house, but no one can beat me at it. Like there’s no possible way anyone is better at roulette than anyone else. It’s all luck. Some hot shot corporate CEO can’t bully me into folding a multi-million dollar hand even though I have 4 of a kind and there’s like a 1 in 70,000 chance he can beat me. I mean it would be pretty easy to sit here and call Mikhail Smirnov the most cowardly poker player in history but when you’re looking to push 3.4 million dollars into the middle of the table it’s probably smart to have the best hand possible, not the third best.
PS – if I had any idea how to play, craps would be my casino game. Everyone over there always looks like they’re having the most fun in history.