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Poker Hand of the Week: Michael Mizrachi vs. Lee Markholt

Let Us Know How You Would Have Played The Hand

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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.

The Hand

The second running of the World Poker Tour Tournament of Champions drew a field of 66 past winners, creating a total prize pool of $1.09 million and paying out the final nine players.

With ten players left, the tournament reached the money bubble. On the seventh hand of hand-for-hand play, Lee Markholt raised to 18,000 from the cutoff and Michael Mizrachi three-bet to 40,000 from the small blind.

Markholt made the call and the flop came down 6Diamond Suit4Heart Suit3Heart Suit. Mizrachi then moved all in, and Markholt was left with a decision.

Even though he still had 184,000 behind, and there was one player remaining with just 125,000 in chips, Markholt made the call for his tournament life with JSpade SuitJHeart Suit.

Mizrachi revealed AHeart Suit8Heart Suit for the nut flush draw with an overcard, making him just a 43 percent underdog to score the knockout, according to the Card Player Poker Odds Calculator.

The turn was the 2Diamond Suit, adding three chop outs to Mizrachi’s total, but the river 2Heart Suit gave him the whole pot.

The Questions

What do you think of Markholt’s preflop raise size? What about Mizrachi’s three-bet from out of position? Since the tournament was on the money bubble, should Markholt have four-bet or do you like his call? Do you think Mizrachi was planning to move all-in on any flop, or just flops where he has some equity? Given that the pot size was just 98,000, do you like Mizrachi’s overbet? Can Markholt ever find a fold in this situation?

The Aftermath

Daniel WeinmanMarkholt was eliminated in tenth place, making him the official bubble boy of the tournament. The pot was enough to give Mizrachi the chip lead, which he rode all the way to a runner-up finish, good for $218,000.

The title, a 2018 Audi S5 coupe and the $381,500 first-place prize went to Daniel Weinman, who also took down the Borgata Winter Poker Open main event earlier this year for $892,433. The 29-year-old poker pro now has more than $2.6 million in 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.