Poker Hand Of The Week -- 2/7/13
You Decide What's The Best Play
Give us your opinion in the comments section below for your chance at winning a six-month Card Player magazine digital subscription.
Ask any group of poker players how you played your hand and they’ll come up with dozens of different opinions. That’s just the nature of the game.
Each week, Card Player will select a hand from the high-stakes, big buy-in poker world, break it down and show that there’s more than one way to get the job done.
You are currently in third place at a six-handed final table. With 6,075,000 in chips, you are still quite comfortable with the blinds at 60,000-120,000 with a 10,000 ante. There are three shorter stacks at the table, but they are by no means desperate.
You are dealt J 10 in the hijack and min-raise to 240,000. The small blind, a good player with the chip lead and a stack of 10,560,000, calls your raise. The big blind folds.
The flop comes down K 9 8 and your opponent checks. You fire in a continuation bet of 230,000 and your opponent makes the call. The turn is the 2.
Your opponent checks and you bet 370,000. Once again, your opponent calls. The river is the J, giving you second pair. Your opponent checks. You have 5,235,000 remaining.
Do you check behind or bet? If betting, how much? Are you betting for value, or as a bluff? Are you worried that if you bet, you may be raised off of a hand with decent showdown value? What kind of hand could your opponent be holding after checking all three streets?
What Actually Happened
On a board reading K 9 8 2 J at the 2013 Borgata Winter Poker Open, Andy Hwang decided to bet 415,000. His opponent, Matt Haugen made the call and mucked after seeing Hwang’s second pair.
Haugen ended up finishing in fourth place overall, earning $222,336. Hwang used that pot to continue climbing his way up the leader board, ultimately finishing in first place, earning his first WPT title and the $730,053 first-place prize.
What would you have done and why? Let us know in the comments section below and try not to be results oriented. The best answer will receive a six-month Card Player magazine digital subscription.
|1||Three Years Later, Blair Hinkle Finally Receives His Missing $1 Million In Full Tilt Poker Money|
|2||Man Loses $500K On Super Bowl, Sues Casino|
|3||Chris Moorman Wins The 2014 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic|
|4||Poker Strategy With Ed Miller: Three Great Small Stakes Plays That Fail In Tougher Games|
|5||High-Stakes Online Poker: Dan Cates Wins $486,000|
|6||Chris Moorman Headlines WPT L.A. Poker Classic Main Event Final Table|
|7||Man Changes Name To 'Full Metal Havok More Sexy N Intelligent Than Spock And All The Superheroes Combined With Frostnova' After Poker Bet|
|8||New Jersey Online Poker Event Sees Huge Field|
|9||Star Boxer Arrested Over Las Vegas Gambling Debts|
|10||U.S. Lawmaker Wants To Ban Online Poker|
|1||Chan Pelton Banned From All World Series of Poker Events and Properties After Taking Single Tournament Chip|
|2||Three Years Later, Blair Hinkle Finally Receives His Missing $1 Million In Full Tilt Poker Money|
|3||Man Loses $500K On Super Bowl, Sues Casino|
|4||High-Stakes Online Poker: Poor February Puts Blom Back In The Hole Lifetime On Full Tilt Poker|
|5||Chris Moorman Wins The 2014 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic|
|6||Police Arrest Two For Allegedly Using Fake Poker Chips At Maryland Casino|
|7||Crazy Gambling Stories From February|
|8||Poker Strategy With Ed Miller: Three Great Small Stakes Plays That Fail In Tougher Games|
|9||George Lopez Arrested For Drinking Way Too Much And Passing Out On Casino Floor|
|10||NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship Not Running In 2014|