Poker Coverage:

Getting Away From Q-Q

I felt like a genius!

by Phil Hellmuth |  Published: Sep 03, 2010


Deep in a $3,000 buy-in World Series of Poker tournament, with 82 players left and 72 getting paid, the following hand came up: With the blinds at 1,000-2,000, Ted Lawson opened from under the gun for 7,000, a player called from the button, and I looked down at Q-Q in the big blind. I called fairly quickly, trying to keep my powerful hand well-disguised. Why hem and haw, and therefore reveal that I was thinking of reraising? If I did that, the power of the trap would be lost. The flop came 8-8-8. I checked, and Lawson fired out 20,000 as fast as possible. The other player folded, and I called. I thought about raising, but why raise Lawson off a small pair like 6-6, in which case he was drawing almost completely dead? My trap was working to perfection! The turn was a jack. I checked, and Lawson quickly ...

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