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Poker Hand Matchup: Steven Gee vs. Russell Thomas

Swords 7 5 4 J 3

Steven Gee

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

Starting Stack: 17,150,000

8 8

18.23 %

23.94 %

13.64 %

Russell Thomas

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

Starting Stack: 20,575,000

Q Q

81.31 %

75.25 %

86.36 %

Winner!

Posted On: Nov 14, 2012


Outcome

Final table, nine handed, with the blinds at 200,000 and 400,000 and a 50,000 ante, Gee raised to 900,000 from under the gun, Greg Merson (27m) called, Thomas called on the button. On the Flop, Gee bet 1,600,000, Merson folded, Thomas called. On the Turn, Gee bet 3,250,000, Thomas called. On the River, Gee went all-in, Thomas called 11,350,000.

Analysis

Thomas certainly disguised the strength of his hand with his smooth overcall before the flop, and he continued his trapping line through the turn. His line nearly backfired as he ended up having to make one of the toughest calls at this year’s final table once Gee seized upon the scare card that peeled on the river. Thomas spent several minutes in the tank before he emerged with the heroic call, possibly regretting that he had not committed on the turn due to the large number of bad cards that could come. The eldest of the octo-nine at 57, Gee proved quite capable of running a courageous bluff that involved plenty of fold equity with all nine players still remaining and the incentive his opponent might have for preserving his chip position given the huge jumps between payouts. Gee scored a bracelet in 2010 but came up short in his run for a second as he was eliminated in 9th for $754,798. Thomas improved his 2011 main event run (248th, $40,654) when he later busted in 4th for $2,851,537.