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Hand 2 Hand Combat -- Matt Vengrin

Matt Vengrin Extracts Maximum Value and Makes a Gutsy Call for His Tournament Life

by Craig Tapscott |  Published: Feb 19, 2010


Event: Absolute Poker $100,000-guaranteed tournament Buy-in: $500 Players in the Event: 203 First Place: $31,000 Hand No. 1 Blinds: 1,000-2,000 Ante: 200 Players at the Table: 5 Stacks: Matt Vengrin – 51,335; Villain – 221,521 Vengrin raises to 4,000 from the button with the K J. The big blind calls. Matt Vengrin: There’s a shortish stack to my left, and a big stack in the big blind; it’s a very dangerous position, but I’m not folding K-J here. Craig Tapscott: Why the min-raise [minimum-raise]? MV: I elected to min-raise to try to get some worse hands to come along. I know that the big blind is a defender, so I don’t mind raising and getting a call here. Flop: K 8 6 (pot: 10,000) MV: On the flop, I’m very happy. I flopped top pair on a straight- and flush-draw board. Now I need to figure out how to extract ...

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