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Vein Runs Into Jacks

Howard “The Professor” Vein and a player looked down at a completed board of 57K85. With about 6,000 already in the middle, Vein reached for chips and moved 5,000 forward. His opponent went into the ...

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A Hand Matchup from the 2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker Event #61 Main Event

Swords A Q 3 2 6


Win Pre-Flop Win Post-Flop Win Post-Turn

Starting Stack: 43,000


47.01 %

86.67 %

95.45 %


Joe Sebok

Win Pre-Flop Win Post-Flop Win Post-Turn

Starting Stack: 16,575

9 9

52.54 %

13.33 %

4.55 %

Posted On: Aug 27, 2012


With the blinds at 150 and 300 and a 25 ante, Andrew Lichtenberger raised to 700 from early position, Matt Woodward called, Gregory reraised to 3,000 in late position, Sebok raised all-in from the cutoff seat, Lichtenberger folded, Woodward folded, Gregory called.


Sebok had lost 44% of his starting stack by the later stages of Day One, but he still enjoyed a flexible chip position of 55 big blinds. Sebok probably hoped Gregory was mounting a late position squeeze play against the other two opponents in the hand, inspired by an active opener in Lichtenberger and a flat call from Woodward. Sebok intended for his tremendous fold equity to capture the approximate 5600 of dead money in the pot, but Gregory held a 2.6 : 1 chip advantage over Sebok and a premium hand, receiving 3:2 on his money for the call. Sebok optimistically discounted the signal of strength from Gregory’s reraise, sticking his neck out quite a bit to bolster his stack by 33% to win the pot preflop. Obviously the key coin flip did not go Sebok’s way, but with a multiway three-bet pot brewing, a vulnerable holding in his Nines, and signs of resistance he may have invited a tournament-life race too soon given the more favorable opportunities his stack could find in future spots. When faced with a frustrating and rough start in the early levels, remember to place stock in your still considerable depth to the blinds.