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Tournament Poker Edge Analyzes Hand Between Shaun Deeb and Max Heinzelmann

Heinzelmann Six-Bets Light, Runs Into Shaun Deebs Aces


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One of the most talked about hands during the 2011 WSOP Main Event was a showdown between online pros Shaun Deeb and Max “HotKarlMC” Heinzelmann.

Deeb used careful bet sizing to disguise the strength of his hand and was able to succesfully get Heinzelmann to commit his stack with a lesser hand. Unfortunately for Deeb, Heinzelmann sucked out and he was eliminated a short while later.

The hand was shown on an ESPN broadcast at the featured table, allowing those at home to wonder just what Heinzelmann was thinking. Here, we get an explanation from the TPE pros.

Here is a look at that hand.

Event — Blinds/Antes WSOP Main Event 1,000-2,000 with a 300 ante
Player Names Shaun Deeb Max Heinzelmann
Chip Counts 229,000 208,000
Hole Cards ADiamond Suit AClub Suit ASpade Suit 6Diamond Suit

The Hand

A player raised to 4,600 in late position and Shaun Deeb reraised to 15,600 from the small blind. Max Heinzelmann then reraised to 31,300 from the big blind.

The original raiser folded and Deeb made it 68,600. Heinzelmann then went all in for 208,000 and was snap called by Deeb’s pocket aces.

Heinzelmann could only show down ASpade Suit 6Diamond Suit, but got lucky when the board rolled out KSpade Suit 10Heart Suit 6Heart Suit QHeart Suit 6Club Suit. Deeb was eliminated a short while later and Heinzelmann ran his stack up far enough to finish in 151st place, good for $54,851.

The Tournament Poker Edge Perspective

Hand Analysis By TPE Pro Jonathan WeinThis hand is an extremely interesting hand between two players who are on top of their game right now. Shaun Deeb is fresh off many deep runs this WSOP, including a fourth place finish in the 10-game six-handed event at the WSOP. He has supposedly been crushing the $400-$800 mixed game at Aria, as well. Heinzelmann just had back-to-back second place finishes in EPT events, and is a high stakes multi-table tournament online regular known as “HotKarlMC.” Both have probably played thousands of hands together before this, so it is hard to guess what they think of each other’s game.

Deeb’s three-bet from the small blind does not necessarily mean that he has a monster. He is three-betting a late position raiser, so he really could believe the original raiser has any two cards and is going for a steal. Heinzelmann then four-bets rather small from the big blind, making it 31,300 after Deeb’s raise to 15,600. Heinzelmann is four-betting here because he believes that the original raiser is weak and that Deeb has picked up on this, which is why he is attacking the original raiser.

This is really a lesson of the he-thinks-so-I-think mentality. Heinzelmann believes that Shaun Deeb has picked up on the dynamics of the hand, so when Deeb five-bets to 68,600, he still leaves room to fold in case he has complete trash and Heinzelman comes over the top. Heinzelmann thinks that Deeb knows that he could be four-betting light, so he decides to six-bet jam A-6 offsuit. He is not shoving for value, but rather because he believes Deeb’s range is very wide and he won’t call his six-bet all-in. Unfortunately for Heinzelmann, Deeb probably realized that his line could look weak, and was able to trap him with pocket aces. Heinzelmann is lucky enough to hit trips on the river, and cripple Deeb down to ten big blinds.

Deeb played the hand wonderfully, causing Heinzelmann to be overly aggressive in a spot that in the main event is entirely unnecessary. There are so many spots in the main event to chip up without taking a very marginal spot where you believe one of the good players at the table is out-leveling you. While the hand has levels of thinking that we would only know if we talked to each player individually, we can assume both players think of each other as capable players . Even if Heinzelmann having an ace diminishes the chances of Deeb having two aces, he also knows that Heinzelmann could be shoving a wide range, so it is unlikely Deeb would fold Q-Q or K-K, either.

I can definitely see why Heinzelmann would make this play, but I could never imagine myself, in this tournament, taking this line.

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