Jungle Tilt
Dan 'Jungleman' Cates was on pure tilt during an at times fractious match.

The fourth episode of Game of Gold saw some of the best action of the series so far, as four layers from the 16 who entered the intoxicating mix of reality and poker bade a fond farewell to their opponents.

Having enjoyed the introduction of the poker superstars in Episode 1 of the new hybrid poker sensation from GGPoker and Poker After Dark, watched as the tension ramped up in Episode 2 and witnessed huge drama in Episode 3, we couldn’t wait for Episode 4. In this episode, we found out which team would lose Round 1 and their chances of winning the $456,000 top prize.

In this and every article in this series, we’ll be discussing the episode of the title as well as any and all episodes leading up to it. We won’t be spoiling any further into the series, so if you’ve only made it this far, don’t worry, you won’t find out anything you don’t want to about the drama to come.

Now… let’s get to the GOLD in this week’s episode.

Koon on the Attack

“This is an amazing bet…he’s not calling.”

Heading into the final match, here were the total rankings of each individual with Jason Koon, Dan ‘Jungleman’ Cates, David Williams and Fedor Holz yet to change on 20 coins due to being involved in the final match.

Before final match
Before the final match, everyone in Team Club was consulting the board… but could Jason Koon prevail?

Jason Koon knew that he needed to get the outright win to take Team Clubs through to the next round and the West Virginian went into play with an extremely attacking fashion. He lost an early pot to David Williams, but things turned around a little in a hand between Koon and Jungleman. On a flop of Qh6c4h, Jungle looked to have hit gin with Qs5d.

“Team anything but Broccoli,” said Charlie Carrel referring to Koon’s team, featuring as it does, Daniel ‘Kid Poker’ Negreanu, a famous vegan. “Die, Broccoli, Die.”

Koon’s AcKd called a bet of 70,000 on the 2s turn and it paid off, with a Ks river giving Koon the best of it.

That is what we call gin.” Said Negreanu cheering on Koon to save his own Game of Gold life. Cates bet 210,000 and Koon quickly called to rake in a big pot.

It was to get better for Koon – this time at David Williams’ expense. A board of Ad8s6c5s4s saw Koon again have the better hand but this time it was with a weak holding of Ks8c. Williams made a big bet of 350,000 chips, creating a pot of 750,000 and Koon had a huge call to make against Williams’ inferior Th8d.

Somehow, Koon made the hero call.

“I only beat ten-nine,’ said Koon.

“This is an amazing bet,” said Josh Arieh, rooting on teammate Jungleman. “He’s not calling.”

But he did call. A superb call, and Williams credited him with a great piece of play.

“And he gave broccoli life.” Quipped Charlie.

Table Talk

“That’s what people need to be aware of… I’m never finished.”

A big hand between David Williams and Fedor Holz changed the direction of the fourth match as Williams held AcJh and Holz had Ah8h. A flop of KhTs5s saw Holz call a c-bet, but Williams gave up on the 9s turn without a spade. Holz sniffed out weakness, however, and although he checked behind, the Tc river saw drama.

“I don’t think David can bet this.” Said Maria Ho. But she was wrong, as Williams, a former WSOP Main Event runner-up shoved all-in, and put Holz to the test. Holz made the right fold, but Williams had won a big pot, not knowing that he was bluffing with the best hand.

Dan Cates was behind in both cards and chips when he shoved with JsTh. Williams rightly called with KhJc but with 1.9 million chips in the pot, Jungle got lucky, a board of Td3c2h5hTs giving him trip tens to double him back to starting stack and hit Williams hard. Had Williams won the pot, he would have had close to 5 million chips with only 8 million in total on the table.

“It may have seemed like I was gone or finished, but that’s when I bounce right back. That’s what people need to be aware of… I’m never finished.”

In the next screened hand, Koon’s KsKc was an easy raise up to 120,000 chips. Fedor Holz woke up with AsQh and shoved, so Koon snapped him off. The flop of Ac2c2h flipped the script to the horror of Team Clubs and after the 5s turn and 7s river, Koon was down to 1.1 million and in huge trouble.

It would not be Koon who busted first. Jungleman had Qh7h and was in real trouble on a board of AhQcJdQdTs. Fedor Holz had KdQs and bet 280,000 into a pot of just over a million chips. Jungle grimaced and used a time chip in the form of one of his coins. As David Williams spoke, Jungle’s time ran out and his hand was automatically folded.

“Please, next time, don’t talk in the middle of the hand.” Jungle asked Williams, who apologised to his fellow pro.

“We saved you some money, didn’t we?” Koon said.

Fedor Holz wouldn’t reveal whether he had or not.

“It’s so tilting.” Said Jungle.

It got a lot worse for Jungle, as little did he know it, he was outflopped trips over trips by Holz again. Jungle’s Kd9d was no good against Holz’ KsJh on the flop of AsKcKh. After both players checked, the6s turn led to a bet of 270,000 from Jungle. Holz called and, as Jungle looked like steam might start pouring out of his ears, the Tc river landed. Jungle bet almost all of his stack, Holz snap-called and crippled his American opponent.

One Time Never Comes

“They were favorites for the whole thing.”

Koon lost a big one when dominated by David Williams and had to find a spot to shove. As5h was good enough to do just that for 610,000. It was good enough for Team Clubs, who cheered on their man against his caller, Holz, with KdQd. The board was a nightmare for Koon, coming KhQs4dJs3c to sent Koon – and his team – out in Round 1.

Team Club clubbed
Team Club got clubbed as (left to right) Daniel Negreanu, Kevin Martin and Michael Soyza attempted to cheer home Jason Koon in vain.

“Can we win one all-in one time?” said Koon’s teammate Kevin Martin. “The chips have never come back to us!”

“They were favorites for the whole thing.” Olga Iermolcheva said in the green room shared by Team Heart.

“The scenarios that played out for our team were pretty uncomfortable from start to finish,” said Jason Koon after his disappointing exit.

Jungle followed him soon after, as after being down to just a small blind, his bottom pair was beaten by David Williams’ flopped flush.

“I think my team will be happy considering there wasn’t lot I could have done,” the enigmatic Jungle declared. “Guess what, just because you’re behind and they deal you some bad hands, doesn’t mean you can’t come second to last.”

Williams Gets the Win, The Clubs Depart

“I feel dirty because I got lucky.”

David Williams was all-in and at risk with KdJs against the dominant Fedor Holz for Team Spade with AsQd. A board of Js6d3d5dTc saw Williams double with some fortune into the lead, holding 4.7m chips to the 3.3m stacked in front of Holz.

All-in with 9c6c, Holz was suddenly at risk and dominated by Williams’ Qd9d. A board of 9h4h2d3hJd sent the German out in second but he wasn’t disheartened.

“I won a really important all-in against Jason earlier,” he said. “I’d like to have come first, but [second] is a good outcome.”

“I feel dirty because I got lucky,” conceded Williams after celebrating with his team. I think I played well and I’m proud of myself.”

Maria Ho was devastatingly honest in talking about Team Club departing.

“Let’s be honest, I think everybody is happy to see such a strong team gone,” she said. “It opens the path for a lot of us to have a chance to win.”

“Daniel and Jason are gone – that’s makes the chances of winning so much higher.” Agreed Charlie Carrel.

As Team club – consisting of Daniel Negreanu, Kevin Martin, Michael Soyza and Jason Koon said their goodbyes, Koon himself put it best about what he and the other players enjoyed.

“Something as simple as not having your phone for four hours and just watching your buddies play poker was really enjoyable format.”

Only 12 players remain as Round 2 begins…and things are about to get emotional.

Watch Episode 4, entitled Do or Die in full right here: