Poker Hand of the Week: 3/25/16
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.
Correction: Blinds are 600-1,200 with a 200 ante
You are playing in a $3,500 buy-in live poker tournament that drew 409 entrants. Only about 140 players remain, putting you almost 100 spots from the money. The blinds are 600-1,200 with a 200 ante, meaning your stack of 80,000 is worth 66 big blinds.
An accomplished poker pro raises to 3,000 from early position and is called by a laggy player in middle position. It folds around to you in the big blind and you look down at QJ.
You make the call and the flop comes down AKJ. You check, and your two opponents check behind. The turn is the 7, giving you a pair, flush draw and gutshot straight draw.
You bet 2,000 and the original preflop raiser decides to raise to 10,000. The middle position player folds. There is now 23,400 in the pot.
Do you call, raise or fold? What would make you fold in this spot? If raising, how much? If calling, what is your plan for the river? Will you bet if you make your hand? Will you go for a check raise? Can you assign a range of hands to your opponent, given his line?
What Actually Happened
At the 2016 WPT Rolling Thunder main event, a player opted to just call a raise with his QJ on a board of AKJ7.
The river was the 5, giving him a flush, and the player bet 15,000. Jonathan Little, who was the preflop raiser, just called on the river with 77, having turned a set of sevens.
Little failed to make the money in the event, but the eventual winner was Harrison Gimbel, who took home the title and the $275,112 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.
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