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When Difficult Hands Present Difficult Situations

by Bryan Devonshire |  Published: May 26, 2009


The Situation: It’s the third level of the 2009 $10,000 L.A. Poker Classic main event, and the blinds are 75-150. The table is tougher than average, but nobody is dominant. We started with 20,000 in chips. The under-the-gun [UTG] player (40,000), a middle-aged man from the East Coast, opens for 400. He’s shown goofy tendencies thus far. He seems to know Mike Matusow (sitting to my right) personally. The hijack and cutoff positions call, Chad Brown calls from the button, Matusow (18,000) calls from the small blind, and I (25,000) call from the big blind with the 9 4. I called preflop for a pretty level-one reason: It was soooooted, and I was getting like infinity-to-1 odds. There are risks in calling here with this weak holding, though. This pot is incredibly bloated already, and I am out of position against a lot of players. I’m basically playing to make ...

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