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Vivek Rajkumar Takes The Lead at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller

Rajkumar Breaks Down Key Hand Against Nick Schulman


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Vivek RajkumarNick Schulman jumped out to an early lead at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller and held it for the better part of four levels before running into Vivek Rajkumar.

Rajkumar had taken out William Perkins and had a big stack of his own and decided to take on Schulman in a battle for the chip lead.

Mike McDonald raised, Rajkumar called and Schulman reraised out of the big blind. Rajkumar came along and called a bet on the flop and turn of a board reading KDiamond SuitQSpade Suit6Diamond Suit5Spade Suit.

When the KHeart Suit hit the river, Schulman checked and Rajkumar bet big. After getting called, Rajkumar revealed KSpade Suit9Spade Suit for trip kings and surged up to over 700,000 in chips, almost double anyone else in the field. Schulman was left with his original starting stack.

Check out Rajkumar’s analysis of the hand below.

Vivek Rajkumar’s Hand Analysis

“Timex opened from the cutoff and I flatted on the button with K-9 suited. I mean, I fold in that spot almost never, unless the cutoff is super nitty. Nick Schulman raised to 22,000 from the big blind, Timex folded and I thought about my options.

I know that his range is pretty tight there, but with 200 big blinds deep, I can really use my position to my advantage. If I was only 100 big blinds deep, then it’s probably a fold, but given that we were the two biggest stacks at the table, and maybe even in the tournament, I thought it was okay to flat.

The flop came down K-Q-6 with two diamonds and he bet 33,000. Obviously, I’m never folding top pair in that spot and with no real read on his hand, I’m just going to call and see what happens on the turn.

The turn was the 5Spade Suit, giving me a flush draw. He bet 80,000 and once again I decided to call. If I was out of position, which makes playing the river tough, I would consider check-shoving on the turn. In position, however, I think flatting is better.

The river was another king, giving me trips. If he has a hand like A-K, I think he’d bet again, so that leads me to believe that I have a pretty easy value bet. I decided on 130,000 simply because it’s the same amount that I would bluff with. If I happened to have a busted flush draw or J-10, I would’ve bet the same amount to represent a king.

I’m sure that possibility ran through his mind, because he found a call. I don’t think he called me down with A-Q or something like that, because that’s a hand he would’ve checked the turn with. I’m still not sure what he had, but I’m leaning towards pocket aces. If that’s the case, then I got pretty lucky to hit one of my outs."