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Tough Tournament Decisions

by Andrew Brokos |  Published: Feb 05, 2010


Game $300 buy-in, $100,000-guaranteed no-limit hold’em tournament Opponent Unknown aggressive player Blinds 6,000-12,000 with a 1,500 ante Stacks 651,939 (his); 1,118,061 (mine) My Cards 10 9 My Position Big blind Playing heads up at a final table can be nerve-racking. With tens of thousands of dollars at stake, you really need to play your A-game, as a single mistake can cost you the tournament. In this column, I’m going to review a hand that I played at the final table of a major online tournament, and discuss the tough situation that I faced. We were down to heads-up play. To this point, my opponent had been playing very aggressively, and applied frequent pressure after the flop. To win, I knew that I’d have to trap him in a bluff. In this hand, my opponent opened from the button to 28,000. With the chip lead, I defended my big blind with ...

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