Poker Hand of the Week: 2/26/16
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.
There are three players remaining in the tournament and you are already guaranteed a payout of $125,553. Second place takes home $195,267 and the winner will get $278,537. You are currently the chip leader with 6,265,000 at blinds of 50,000-100,000 with a 15,000 ante. Your opponents have 3,540,000 and 2,850,000, respectively.
The shortest stack raises to 200,000 on the button and you look down at A4 in the small blind. Wanting to take control of the hand, you raise to 350,000 and the big blind folds. Your opponent calls, and the flop is 653.
You put in a continuation bet of 550,000 with your open-ended straight draw and your opponent wastes no time in moving all in for a total of 2,510,000.
Do you call or fold? What are the ICM implications of calling and folding? Assuming you have 11 clean outs, are you getting the right price to call? If you call and fail to win the pot, where would that leave you in the tournament?
What Actually Happened
At the World Poker Tour Fallsview Poker Classic main event, Rob Forbes opted to call with A4 on a flop of 653.
His all-in opponent, Derek Verrian, revealed 86 for top pair. The turn was the 2, however, giving Forbes a straight and leaving Verrian drawing to a chop.
The river was the 10 and Verrian was eliminated in third place, earning $125,553. Although the pot gave Forbes a nearly 3-1 chip lead entering heads-up play, he couldn’t close out the tournament and had to settle for the $195,267 runner-up prize. The eventual winner was 26-year-old Ottawa poker pro David Ormsby, who banked $278,537 and his first WPT 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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