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Tournament Poker Edge Analyzes a Hand Played By Adam Junglen

Junglen Takes On Chip Leader at Final Table

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This time around, we’ll take a look at a hand played by Adam Junglen in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout Event. Junglen took on Scott Baumstein, who was the chip leader at the time and Baumstein paid the price for the defense of his big blind.

Though neither player went on to win the tournament, the hand is a perfect example of why position is so important, even short-handed at the final table of a major event.

Here’s a look at that hand.

Event — Blinds/Antes $5,000 NLHE Shootout 20,000-40,000 with a 5,000 ante
Player Names Adam Junglen Scott Baumstein
Chip Counts 1,900,000 4,350,000
Hole Cards 6Spade Suit 5Spade Suit 10Club Suit 7Club Suit

The Hand

With seven players remaining, Adam Junglen raised to 85,000 and Scott Baumstein called from the big blind. The flop fell QSpade Suit 8Heart Suit 7Diamond Suit and Baumstein checked.

Junglen continued with a bet of 105,000 and Baumstein called. The turn was the 9Diamond Suit and Baumstein checked again. Junglen bet 185,000 and Baumstein moved all in, putting Junglen all in for his last 1.52 million.

Junglen quickly called with 6Spade Suit 5Spade Suit for a turned straight and Baumstein showed down 10Club Suit 7Club Suit for bottom pair and an open-ended straight draw. The river was the 2Heart Suit and Junglen doubled up to the chip lead.

Hand Analysis By TPE Pro Jonathan WeinStreet By Street Analysis

Preflop

Action — Junglen raised to 85,000 and was called by Baumstein in the big blind.

Analysis — Junglen opens with a suited connector very deep in this $5,000 shootout event. Baumstein is the clear chip leader at this point and decides to defend with 10Club Suit 7Club Suit since they are only seven handed.

Baumstein could also three-bet here or just fold, as all options are viable at this point in the tournament. Playing out of position against a good player like Junglen is generally not advised and will yield a negative result in the long run, but as the tournament begins to become short handed, speculative hands have a lot more value.

Flop

Action — The flop came QSpade Suit 8Heart Suit 7Diamond Suit and Junglen continued with a bet of 105,000. Baumstein called.

Analysis — Junglen continues his aggression and bets out a little less than half the pot. He has flopped an open-ended straight draw and a backdoor flush draw. If he completely misses and the turn is a scare card for him (like the JHeart Suit, for example), he has the flexibility to check it back and get two free looks to hit his straight.

Baumstein has flopped bottom pair, but he can’t just give up on this flop so easily. You need to at least see what Junglen does on the turn to evaluate the strength of his hand.

Turn

Action — The turn was the 9Diamond Suit and Baumstein checked. Junglen bet 185,000, Baumstein moved all in and Junglen immediately called with his turned straight.

Analysis — Junglen makes his hand and continues his aggression with a bet of 185,000. Junglen’s bet sizing has been very good until this point, because it’s hard to tell if he’s trying to build a pot for a big river bet, or if he’s just firing two streets with a moderate holding.

His bet on the turn induces Baumstein to shove, and I can’t really blame him for doing so. This board is very heavy and if Junglen has something such as a weak queen here, it will be very difficult for him to call off the rest of his stack.

If Baumstein is called, he still has what he assumes is four jacks and four sixes to win the hand, if not two remaining sevens to make trips. Unfortunately for him, Junglen has turned the bottom end of the straight and is never folding. There are just too many pairs, two pairs and pairs with straight draws in Baumstein’s range for Junglen to even consider folding.

River

Action — The river is the 2Heart Suit and Junglen doubles up to the chip lead. Baumstein falls back into the rest of the pack.

The Tournament Poker Edge Perspective

I think this hand all comes down to what happened preflop. Junglen is a very good player, and we are seven-handed in a tournament. I would much rather be three-betting 10-7 suited out of position than playing it passively and just calling. Unless Baumstein flops a straight or trips, he will be worried about the strength of Junglen’s hand, and will be forced to call multiple streets of betting with a marginal holding. Poker is all about position, and when you give up that, you are going to lose more hands than you win. Remember that if you are faced with a marginal hand when deep stacked, position is going to be a key factor in whether you win the pot or not.

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