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Einav Shalom Eliminated In 11th Place ($7,985)

Short-stacked Einav Shalom moved all in for her last 565,000 and was called by Mike Yacoubian behind her. Shalom held AK and was racing against Yacoubian’s pocket jacks. The board ran out 99245 and Shalom ...


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When Difficult Hands Present Difficult Situations

by Bryan Devonshire |  Published: May 26, 2009

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The Situation: It’s the third level of the 2009 $10,000 L.A. Poker Classic main event, and the blinds are 75-150. The table is tougher than average, but nobody is dominant. We started with 20,000 in chips. The under-the-gun [UTG] player (40,000), a middle-aged man from the East Coast, opens for 400. He’s shown goofy tendencies thus far. He seems to know Mike Matusow (sitting to my right) personally. The hijack and cutoff positions call, Chad Brown calls from the button, Matusow (18,000) calls from the small blind, and I (25,000) call from the big blind with the 9 4. I called preflop for a pretty level-one reason: It was soooooted, and I was getting like infinity-to-1 odds. There are risks in calling here with this weak holding, though. This pot is incredibly bloated already, and I am out of position against a lot of players. I’m basically playing to make ...


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