Poker Hand of the Week: 2/19/16
You Decide What's The Best Play
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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.
There are three players remaining in big buy-in, international poker tournament. You are guaranteed at least €234,100 for third place, but second and first place pay €360,150 and €501,640, respectively.
Villain no. 1, the chip leader, is holding a huge chip lead with 12,080,000. Villain no. 2 has 2,770,000 and you are the shortest stack holding 2,270,000. The blinds are currently 80,000-160,000 with a 20,000 ante, giving you 14 big blinds to work with.
Villain no. 1, who has been aggressive with his big stack, raises to 325,000 on the button. Villain no. 2 then shoves all in for his last 2,750,000 from the small blind. You look down at A9 in the big blind.
Do you fold or call off the rest of your stack? What are some good arguments for folding? What are some good arguments for calling? What are the Independent Chip Model (ICM) implications of this hand?
What Actually Happened
Facing a raise, and an all-in in front of him at the EPT Dublin €25,000 high roller event, American poker pro Chance Kornuth opted to call off holding A9.
The chip leader, Mustapha Kanit, immediately called with KK and the original all-in player, Charlie Carrel, turned over 55. The flop of Q43 kept Kanit in the lead, but the 5 on the turn put Carrel out in front.
The river, however, was the 2, giving Kornuth a wheel. Kornuth tripled up and Carrel won a small side pot, but was left extremely short. Carrel was eliminated shortly afterwards in third place. Kornuth finished runner-up, and Kanit took down the title.
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.
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