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My Move With A-10

“Nice call; you deserve to win this one.”

by Phil Hellmuth |  Published: Oct 01, 2010


In a $1,500 buy-in no-limit hold’em event at the World Series of Poker, I had 9,600 in chips right after the dinner break. With the blinds at 300-600 and a 75 ante, the player on my right (in the cutoff) opened for 1,200. I was on the button with A-10 offsuit, and opted to smooth-call. From the small blind, Eric Lee made it 4,800 to go. The original raiser folded, and I counted down my chips. I could fold, call 3,600, or call 3,600 and move all in for 4,800 more. I studied Lee for a moment, wondering if I had the best hand. Lee is pretty young, and a lot of the young guns make moves with weak hands. As I studied him, I began to feel like he didn’t have a hand that he could “snap-call” for 4,800 more, like A-A, K-K, Q-Q, J-J, or A-K. But I ...

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