Poker Hand of the Week: Sam Panzica vs. Chino Rheem
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With three players left in the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star main event, chip leader Sam Panzica raised to 500,000 on the button. The short stack, Anthony Spinella with 3,000,000 in chips, folded from the small blind.
Chino Rheem called from the big blind and the flop came down A32. Rheem checked and Panzica bet 500,000. Rheem called and the turn was the K.
Again Rheem checked and Panzica bet 950,000. Rheem called and the river was the Q. Rheem checked, and Panzica bet 2,100,000.
Rheem went into the tank for more than a minute before eventually making the call. Panzica turned over AK for top two pair and Rheem mucked.
What range of hands would Rheem call the river with? What do you think about Panzica’s flop bet sizing on the flop, turn and river? If Rheem did hold an ace, should he have raised on the flop to find out where he stood? What bluffs are in Panzica’s range that justify Rheem’s call? How does the presence of Spinella’s short stack affect Rheem’s decision?
The pot gave Panzica more than 75 percent of the chips in play. After doubling up Spinella, Rheem was left with just a couple big blinds and was eliminated shortly afterwards in third place, earning $521,660.
Spinella mounted a small comeback, but ultimately couldn’t do better than runner-up, earning $786,610 officially, although the two heads-up opponents did reportedly agree on a deal.
Sam Panzica ultimately signed for the winner’s prize of $1,373,000, and also took home his second World Poker Tour title. Panzica now has $3.3 million in career live tournament earnings.
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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