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Poker Hand Matchup: Phil Hellmuth vs. Jason Mercier

Swords K T 6 2 6

Phil Hellmuth

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

Starting Stack: 3,375,000

9 6

37.38 %

22.63 %

29.55 %

Winner!

Jason Mercier

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

Starting Stack: 1,237,000

K Q

61.94 %

77.37 %

70.45 %

Posted On: Nov 05, 2012


Outcome

the blinds at 12,000 and 24,000 and a 4,000 ante, Mercier raised to 48,000 from the cutoff seat, Hellmuth called in the big blind. On the Flop, Hellmuth checked, Mercier checked. On the Turn, Hellmuth bet 75,000, Mercier raised to 192,000, Hellmuth called. On the River, Hellmuth checked, Mercier bet 263,000, Hellmuth called.

Analysis

Hellmuth defended his blind with attractive pot odds from Mercier’s min-raise, taking a flop with his suited middling cards. Hellmuth flopped bottom pair, while Mercier submitted a deceptive check behind with top. Hellmuth led out on the turn once he picked up a four-flush, but Mercier was ready with a raise. Hellmuth pursued his combination draw looking for a Club, Six or Nine and outdrew Mercier on the river with trips. Hellmuth risked missing value with his check, but Mercier continued to build a pot expecting a winner. Hellmuth must have sensed strength as he elected to only check-call, apparently wary of a full house with an excess of caution as there were no straights or flushes available on that board and his trip sixes were well disguised. Still Hellmuth put a large dent in a dangerous opponent’s stack as Mercier lost 40% of his chips on the hand. Mercier ultimately finished in 8th for €84,672.

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swallsjr
almost 2 years ago

Phil likely didn't raise on the river because he figured he wouldn't get action unless he was beat. Checking the river was the correct play as Mercer cant put him on a six, so he is betting most of his decent hands for value and turning missed draws and air (that may have semi-bluff raised on the turn) into bluffs.

 
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peches2plumz
almost 2 years ago

Is the flop check as bad as it seems?

 
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x19
almost 2 years ago

no

 
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