Inside the Mind of a Pro: Pierre Calamusa @ 2019 WSOP (7)

5pm in Vegas. It’s basically the crack of dawn in Vice City, but the atmosphere is already
as electric as a night club on the Strip. There are only five players left on this final table
of the $5,000 short-handed event, and Pierre Calamusa is second in chips, just behind his teammate Joao Vieira but ahead of the Americans Joe Cada
and Olivier Busquet. Nothing but serious business
on these tables, which requires some harsh battles
to grab that bracelet. It’s the most important poker game
in Pierre’s career, and we’re here
to watch it with front row seats. Good luck! Blind vs blind. O’Connor limps. I have a total trash hand. 10-2 offsuit. A hand I will raise and
which has no playability post-flop. Stealing the blinds
with such a weak hand would be a very big victory,
of course. I have an extremely easy fold
if he reraises. He is preparing a big bet. I have an easy fold here. I will still tank to not be too obvious, but I have a bluff and you have to
know when to give up. I will still take my time because I know that I can see
his hand in 30 minutes. I asked Ivan
and some of the other French regs to let me know what my opponents have. It’s important to have reads
on his position and the way he breathes. And remember this information for later. I lost another small pot. Ivan is bringing me up to speed on
the previous showdowns and hands played. Aladin too, of course. Always interesting to discuss strategy with my buddies from the team
to help me make small adjustments. It’s interesting to discuss
with French players in general. Alright, 30 blinds. I have Queen-10 in the cutoff. A hand I will also open. The two players who have played
the tightest are in the blinds. Joe and Olivier
haven’t been very active so far. Once again, this is the worst hand
I would open in this spot. If I face a 3-bet, I will have an easy fold
with the bottom of my range. There, João 3-bets and I will fold. I will have to know
in 30 minutes what he 3-bet me with. That will be very interesting. There’s a ton of value
in knowing what he had. Knowing if he had a value hand,
or if he had a bluff… What kind of a bluff was it? Was it a pure bluff
with a garbage hand like 10-9 offsuit or was it a real hand like Ace-10,
Ace-9, King-Jack or maybe King-Queen? Essentially,
is he really trying to run me over? Did he simply have
a real hand to 3-bet for value or was it a 3-bet bluff? Call. Alright, a limped pot.
Queen-3 of spades. A hand I will always check
in the big blind vs a small blind limp. I flop pretty strong:
an overcard and a flush draw. I will bet this hand as a semi-bluff
after the small blind checks. I will be able
to take down the pot pretty often against King-high or Ace-high by putting a lot of pressure on them
and by folding them out on the turn. And this lets me
bloat the pot if I hit my flush. The turn is the Ace of spades. I saw that
he often tries to apply pressure when I have a capped range. So, I will check and try
to extract value on the river. The river is a fourth spade.
I have the second nuts now. I think he still thinks
he has the best hand. It’s just a question of
can he get value now. By checking back the turn and then, maybe he can get
one street of value on the river. He’s going to induce a bluff. He bets 400,000. I will value raise here
with the second nuts. I have the general impression
that he won’t believe me too often and will hero call
with any spade he could have. Simply because
he would expect me to double barrel a lot
with the King of spades. Took down a nice pot…
thanks to this barrel on the river. And now we’re back in it. Busquet, O’Connor
and myself all have 4 million. Joe with 20 blinds and João is a huge chip leader
with about 9 million. I think I regret
my check back on the turn with the Queen-high flush a little. My opponent still has
a lot of Ace-highs in his range, and I might have been able
to get 3 streets of value against these hands
on several run outs. Obviously, not on a spade river
but maybe I should have thought more about betting pretty big
on the turn with my flush. The button limps and I have
pocket 10’s in the small blind. I will raise… a bit more than a big blind. And I win the hand. Ivan and Aladin are still giving me
information about previous showdowns. That’s very important to know. Also being aware that my opponents
certainly have to know about the showdowns too. They certainly have
to know what hands I had. And always have to figure out
at which level they will interpret my actions. Cada thinks about it and moves all-in. Cada all-in. By the way, blinds are up 80,000/160,000. Cada’s 1.7 million doesn’t go as far, as he’s got just over 10 big blinds,
call it 10.5 big blinds. I wake up with Ace-King,
and it’s a snap call. And a quick call with Ace-King.
What a cooler. Ace-Queen, Ace-King… It’s very important to hold here. In the event that I can’t hold here, I will unfortunately
drop way into last place. I would be down to
just over 10 blinds which would obviously
be catastrophic. I am still a big favorite here. I have been super lucky
since the start of the final table. I could have busted
on the second hand. Aye yai yai! Queen on the flop.
That’s pretty awful. Come on, I need a King now. Alright. King! King! King! This isn’t looking so good. River: 3. Well… Honestly, I can’t complain. Joe went all-in
with a totally legitimate hand. I am still running way above EV
at this final table. You lose some. You win some.
Sometimes you lose on a bad beat. Sometimes you give them.
That’s part of the game. That’s the way it is,
I just have to refocus, try to play my best and keep on
going without falling down. And then it is still just poker.
It’s a game. I consider this to be the normal course
of a poker tournament, and I am still having a great time. Olivier is crippled once again. He lost pocket 7’s
against Joe Cada’s pocket Kings. I only have 5 blinds left.
That would be good for him to bust. It would mean one less
very dangerous player. It would let me ladder up
and secure at least $220,000. That would be extraordinary. Just need to dodge a 4. We are down to 4 left. So classy.
A great player. A formidable opponent
leaves the table. Very good news. I move all-in with pocket 6’s. A totally legitimate hand
to shove with less than 20 blinds. The only thing I can do
is pray to the poker gods that no one wakes up
with a premium. I will readjust my strategy now
that I am the shortest stack. I will start going all-in
with lots of hands… And applying max pressure
on my opponents. I will also try to steal
as many pots as possible since there is a big blind ante. Come on! Romain, Aurélie,
Davidi, Benoît, his wife. Guillaume Diaz just arrived,
it’s about to get rowdy in here! It’s extremely nice.
It’s extremely fun. If Romain gets here,
he will get the rail going. He is the leader of the chants. He is a Brentford supporter who takes the chants
he learned at the stadium and adapts them to poker.
It’s extremely funny. It’s very touching to see this much enthusiasm
and fervor from Romain. Whether he’s watching
poker or soccer, he has this sort of spark
that really warms your heart. João raises under the gun. I have Queen-4 suited
in the big blind. A hand I will defend. 3 – 4 – 7. I have 3 million. When I flop middle pair here…
with 3 million, I probably have a little too much
to check-raise all-in. It’s a much easier hand to play now. You flop a pair or flush draw,
you’re going with it. João c-bets pretty small. I am content to call here
and try to get my hand to showdown. So, he’s going to have
about a one pot-sized bet left. The turn is the Ace of diamonds.
Pretty good card. I could have hands
likes Ace-5, Ace-3, Ace-4. Which now have made two pair. I could also have hands
like Ace-8 or Ace-9 offsuit that would have floated the flop. João checks the turn. The turn is a 5,
which is a nice card for me. João has very few straights. I could have hands
likes 7-6 or Ace-6. And I could value bet
all of my two pairs. 5-4 suited, Ace-5, Ace-3, Ace-4. How much do I have? I misread my stack a bit. I thought I had a little bit
over 3 million on the flop, but I actually had way less. That changes things a little bit. I am kicking myself a bit
because this is a hand I should have check-raised all-in
at these stack sizes. In any case,
what’s done is done, and I have
a favorable run out to bluff. The problem is that now
it costs a massive part of my stack. The upside is that,
with these stack sizes, if João didn’t make
the same mistake as I did in
overestimating my stack, he will think
I would have check-raised all-in with all of my flush draws, which would be
my most natural bluffs. It will be hard for him
to find a hero call. João is thinking about it
for a long time as usual. I am pretty happy
with how I am keeping my poker face. That has come with time and experience
from playing on the circuit. I am completely relaxed
despite the importance of this hand. I am able to act exactly the same whether I am
value betting or bluffing. I can shuffle my chips with ease. I can control
my breathing completely. I no longer swallow
or breathe harder when I bluff or value bet. This is something else
I have managed to improve over these 5 years on the circuit. This is a very important skill
for live poker. Anyway, I see that João
isn’t looking at me anymore. That probably means he is having trouble
picking up a tell on me. OK, stay concentrated
and hope he folds. I know João is not necessarily
the best guy to bluff. He has demonstrated
he is capable of making some pretty insane hero calls
that other players can’t make. I just can’t let him know that on the inside
I am wetting my pants. He calls. OK, I definitely lost. Pocket 9’s.
Another boss hero call. Another huge call. GG to him. Nothing else to say.
It was just pure ownage. I will have to bounce back after this hand. The good news is that there is a break, and I will be able to get some fresh air and talk a little with Victor, Tony and Davidi and get back into the swing of things. – You have a total freeroll.
– What do you mean? You don’t have anything to lose.
You are kind of far behind the other three. – Yeah, but I’m not that far.
– Look, that can go fast. – I have 900, is that right?
– Yeah. So, that’s 5 big blinds.
902… It can go fast, yeah. – Should we talk about what happens next?
– I think there will be a standard showdown. – I will probably have the worst hand.
– You were in this situation yesterday. It wasn’t the same ICM situation,
but you were a shorty for a moment. – I had 9 blinds.
– You were in a push/fold situation… and bust or double up. If you look at the stacks…
that’s 30-35 blinds. I have 5, it could go fast. What would happen if you double up? I would have 10 blinds.
Shove party and call shove… – For a little while?
– Huh? It will be push/fold for a little while.
You have to double up twice? Or there’s a moment
when you can settle for… Like I said, it’s 4-handed. You have to play extremely aggressive
because of the antes. You have to steal pots.
You have to shove a ton. Then there is a chance
they will play really loose. I don’t think so.
He flatted pocket 10’s in the small blind. – Who?
– O’Connor. He is the only one who is considering ICM.
He plays like Cada. It’s true that last year at the Main Event,
Cada opened under the gun, button 3-bet, Cada goes all-in with 50 blinds
with pocket 10’s with 6 left in the Main. Alright. Back to the table.
5 blinds. It’s not over. I will have to get through
a few showdowns, of course. And try to gamble a bit to get back
up to 10 blinds and increase my fold equity. And shoot for a comeback. Greg Chochon. Charming as always. He carries out
an incredible performance each year organizing these tournaments. 5 BB, you will double up!
There was once a little Pierrot! Aha! Romain. I hope he is a prophet.
The prophet of Las Vegas. A double up would kick everything back off. Alright. 5 blinds.
We know what to do. Let’s go, boys… Aladin is making a few jokes.
It relaxes the mood. There is nothing to lose now. And everything to win. Let’s go Belgium! There was once a little Pierrot!
5 BB, you will double up! There was once a little Pierrot!
5 BB, you will double up! Tonight we are gonna sing! For a Team Wina victory! Calamusa is ambushing! Right behind João Vieira! Fantastic rail. The English rail had to respond. What an unbelievable ambiance.
What an unforgeable moment. Alright. King-8 of clubs. Most definitely good enough
to move all-in for so few chips. Let’s go!
I’m flipping against pocket 7’s. An 8! An 8! Let’s go, Pierrot! An 8? What about a King?
A King works, too, guys. Romain is singing chants
to the glory of Harry Kane. Come on, Harry! He is a fan of the English team
above all else. Alright. Team Winamax all together. A club…
Come on! An 8! Even Ivan speaks English now:
it’s an 8! It’s an 8!! Now it’s got to hold! 2! Now I have a flush draw to go with it.
That doesn’t change anything. My opponent has
the 7 of clubs in his hand. Just no 7.
I don’t care about any other cards. 2, 3… Booyah! Flush! Ivan just knocked everything over. Tonight we are gonna sing! For a Team Wina victory! Calamusa is ambushing! I don’t remember
what he said about João! Unbelievable rail.
Even Tony is singing in French. I more than doubled up considering there was an extra 400,000 in the pot from João’s big blind. João opens. I am in the big blind
with Jack-7 of diamonds. I will defend it hoping to catch
a piece of the flop and check-raise all-in. Queen – 6 – 8. There are lots of good turns for me, but floating is complicated
at these stack sizes. I will just have to fold if he bets. That’s not so bad. I lost a blind. A total of three including the forced bets. The big blind ante. It’s part of the game. Pierre Calamusa,
I don’t think you know him! He likes Vodka, not Sharapova!
We have Pierre Calamusa! Alright, 12 blinds. Ace-8. An easy shove. And João folds. Almost back to 3 million. Stealing plays a huge part
now, of course. Each pot is 500,000. Tonight we are gonna sing! For a Team Wina victory! Calamusa is ambushing! Right behind João Vieira! Let’s go. All-in. I have an Ace. Most definitely good enough
to move all-in in this situation. It gets through again.
Let’s go, we’re heading back up! The English rail is making some noise with Ludovic Geilich,
Jake Cody, Sam Warburton. All very likable. I am in the big blind. João opens on the cutoff.
I am in the big blind. 10-4 suited.
I will open and, as usual, check-raise all-in
if I hit a little something against João
who is opening a wide range. OK, perfect. A super flop. I have an overcard
and an open-ended straight draw. That is enough for me
to check-raise all-in if João bets. He checks back. The turn is interesting:
a 4 which gives me a pair. I will bet to protect my hand. Just to get him off of hands
like King-Queen, Ace-King, Ace-Queen which have tons of equity against me. Winning this pot
is extremely important for me. If he calls,
I will be pretty suspicious. João could have checked back
hands like Ace-7, King-7, Queen-7
and even Jack-7 suited, because he is scared of getting
check-raised all-in with my stack size, and he would have
to fold a lot of equity. So he still has straights in his range. The goal of this bet is to protect
my hands against two overcards. If he calls, I will just have to
check-fold the river since João still has
a lot of straights in his range. River: 5 of hearts. He could still have
5’s in his range. Not really a good card. I really don’t see him bluffing
with a lot of hands. Maybe 9-8 suited. Maybe a hand like
Queen-7 suited or King-7, Ace-7. I think he has enough
showdown value to check back, so if he bets, I will just fold. He bets… and I will just fold this hand. Alright.
I lost 2.5 blinds on the hand. Not drastic at all. I will continue my strategy
of aggressive pre-flop play based on shoves
and very aggressive resteals. Everyone folds. I have Ace-7.
An easy all-in. Call. João wakes up with a big hand,
Ace-King, and snap calls. Well, this hand plays itself.
I will need a suck out. Come on, a 7. Come on! 7! A little sip of water. Yeah, 7! Unbelievable! 2! 2! 2! I have to dodge a King. Oh no, the King! Well… I was behind anyway. That’s the way it is. Now, I just want one thing:
to go back to the villa, have a nice drink and sip it
at the edge of the pool in the sun. Think about the tournament. Spend a nice afternoon
with my friends and unwind. – Thank you. Good run.
– Yeah. Not bad. – On to the next one.
– You believed in that one. I was behind, anyway.
I already sucked out. I should have busted in 6th
with pocket Jacks vs pocket Queens. – Do you know where to get paid out?
– Yeah, sure. – Thank you.
– Congratulations. – Do you need anything?
– No… In any case, we can just do the debrief later. Now I just need some time.
I will do what I need to decompress. If you need a few hours,
so you can unwind… Congrats, anyway! – I am not disappointed. Thanks, Steph.
– Biggest score ever? – No.
– Ah no? Yes, it is… – Monaco.
– That was your biggest? – 260…
– It is about the same. – I had a similar experience.
– 4th. Oh yeah, the same. No, 5th. – Thanks for everything, Steph.
– We will talk later. Let it cool off. This is crazy.
I am in a sort of strange haze. I feel a little bit
like I am outside of my body. There were so many emotions.
I used up so much energy. Of course, I will do
a few interviews for Winamax TV. It is pretty hard
to do these just after finishing because there are still
tons of emotions underneath, but it is a pretty important score. €200,000. And most of all, this makes me
really excited for the next season. Try to do well and, of course,
go try to win a major title for the first time. Whether it is an EPT, a title at
the PartyPoker Million or the grail: a World Series bracelet. My quest continues and I hope
to meet this goal by the next season. Now there will be lots of parties, lots of experiences with my friends,
lots of restaurants. Because poker is good for that, too. These performances are good for that too: traveling, making memories,
creating emotions. And I am counting
on using this performance to make some memories
that I could never forget. We’ll never forget
these memories either Pierre. With this fourth place finish,
you pocket $219,000 and you add yet another achievement
to your stellar record. Beyond the results and the numbers, your first final table
of the World Series of Poker will always remain as a very fond
and proud memory filled with collective joy, in addition to yet another demonstration
of your talents and bravery on the felt. The question is not if you will win
a WSOP bracelet one day, but when. In the meantime,
we obviously won’t be walking away from this $5,000 short-handed event. We will be going
in the head of our pro Joao Vieira for the next episode
of Inside the Mind of a Pro!

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