Saturday, December 08, 2012

How do they know?

The new issue of Card Player magazine (November 28, 2012; vol. 25, #24) has a two-page article by Craig Tapscott on pages 28-29 in which he interviews Alex "Assassinato" Fitzgerald about the latter's thought processes during a hand he played in one of the 2012 WCOOP events.

Here's the second page:

It's the graphic that has me puzzled. If you read the interview, you see that the hand ended when Fitzgerald bet on fourth street and his opponent folded.

So where do they get the river 2c in the graphic? And how do they know that the villain had the Ks-Qs?

My first thought was that the whole graphic was an error, meant for another hand. But no--the cards shown for Fitzgerald perfectly match the text of the article, as do the flop and turn cards.

I also thought that maybe the opponent showed his cards before mucking them, and/or that this occurred on one of the online poker sites that allow rabbit-hunting, in order to see what the last card would have been. But that can't be, because they specify that this occurred during the WCOOP, which is on PokerStars. Stars does not have rabbit-hunting, and does not allow players to show their hole cards when folding.

So who put those false, extraneous pieces of information into the graphic? And why?

Also, am I the only one who notices stuff like this?

ADDENDUM: See comments for explanation of the hole cards, though the 2c river remains a mystery.


Anonymous said...

No, but you are the only one who cares.

Eddie said...

All WCOOP final tables are available for replay with all hole cards shown through the software after the series is over (some events even before). The 2c has me baffled as well, but the opponents hole cards being shown does not surprise me at all.

Rakewell said...

Thanks. Now that you mention it, I remember hearing about that, but I've never tried watching one of the replays.

JT88Keys said...

Are you sure you can't show your cards when folding on Stars? I don't think there is a button option that makes it blatantly obvious, but as long as you're the last to act I think you can click on your cards before folding to reveal one or both.

Rakewell said...

No, I'm not sure. But if showing is an option, it's news to me.