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Poker Hand Matchup: Curt Kohlberg vs. Phil Hellmuth

Swords 9 8 4 A J

Curt Kohlberg

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

Starting Stack: 900,000

J T

20.39 %

36.36 %

18.18 %

Phil Hellmuth

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

Starting Stack: 1,075,000

A A

79.19 %

63.64 %

81.82 %

Winner!

Posted On: Nov 05, 2012


Outcome

With the blinds at 6,000 and 12,000 and a 2,000 ante, Kohlberg raised to 30,000 from under the gun, Hellmuth reraised to 180,000, Kohlberg went all-in, Hellmuth called.

Analysis

Kohlberg was very comfortable with 75 big blinds when he mounted this aggressive move that resulted in his elimination. Play was shorthanded with 17 players dispersed among 3 remaining tables. The fact that they were shorthanded may well have inspired the move, as players ratchet up their aggression with fewer players at the table. Hellmuth’s reraise to 180,000 was quite large both in relation to the blinds, Kohlberg’s raise, and his own stack, so there were indications that Hellmuth wasn’t messing around. Kohlberg failed to appreciate the warning and moved in. Hellmuth was ecstatic until he saw the flop, which delivered Kohlberg an open ended straight draw with backdoor hearts potential. Hellmuth made a set on the turn but still had to fade 8 outs on the river. This was a key hand for Hellmuth as he nearly doubled up, capturing the chip lead on the hand as play approached the final table. Kohlberg earned €26,611 for his 17th place finish.