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Poker Hand Of The Week -- 6/27/13

You Decide What's The Best Play


Give us your opinion in the comments section below for your chance at winning a six-month Card Player magazine digital subscription.

Ask any group of poker players how you played your hand and they’ll come up with dozens of different opinions. That’s just the nature of the game.

Each week, Card Player will select a hand from the high-stakes, big buy-in poker world, break it down and show that there’s more than one way to get the job done.

The Scenario

You are heads-up for a tournament title and are outchipped 3,750,000 to 5,750,000. With the blinds at 30,000-60,000 with a 10,000 ante, you have 62 big blinds in your stack.

On the button, you raise to 130,000 holding QDiamond Suit 3Heart Suit. Your opponent calls and the flop comes down QClub Suit 10Club Suit 9Spade Suit.

You bet 140,000 with top pair and your opponent check raises to 360,000. You reraise to 615,000 and your opponent moves all in. You have 3,005,000 remaining in your stack.

The Questions

Do you call or fold? What is your opponent representing with his all in push? What drawing hands would your opponent play this way, if any? What value hands would your opponent play this way? Is it possible that you are already drawing dead?

Jared HambyWhat Actually Happened

Facing a decision for his tournament life in event no. 40, the $1,500 no-limit hold’em event at the 2013 World Series of Poker, Jared Hamby decided to make the call holding QDiamond Suit 3Heart Suit on a flop of QClub Suit 10Club Suit 9Spade Suit.

His opponent Peter Hengaskul, flipped over 10Spade Suit 9Diamond Suit for bottom two pair and Hamby was drawing to a better two pair or trips. The turn and river fell 2Spade Suit 2Heart Suit, counterfeiting Hengaskul and Hamby doubled up to 7,500,000.

Hengaskul was left with only 2,000,000 in chips and was eliminated shortly afterwards, earning $325,780. Hamby earned $525,272 and his first career bracelet.

What would you have done and why? Let us know in the comments section below and try not to be results oriented. The best answer will receive a six-month Card Player magazine digital subscription.



over 7 years ago

Of course we have no idea how the two players played heads up against each other, but under normal circumstances this would be a pretty easy fold for me.

I think there is a decent chance I'm ahead, but also a decent chance I'm behind. When reading the hand, I felt the odds of being ahead were probably 55%, which meant 45% I was behind.

The problem is, out of those 55% I'm ahead, I'm probably losing to a straight, flush, or the player hitting a higher pair than a queen a large % of the time. You almost have to assume he has an ace or a king in that spot.

And if I'm behind, the odds are very slim that I will catch up because I will specifically need a queen, three or running 2's!

If I fold, I still have plenty of chips to play with and am not crippled. If I call and lose, I'm out.


over 7 years ago

With a 3 there I wouldn't have led out with a bet (would have checked). When he leaned into me I would have assumed he either had a queen with a higher kicker, or had two pair.


over 7 years ago

Would not have raised pre-flop with Q-3 off. The lead out bet post-flop was reasonable, but I would have called or folded (more likely) to the first raise, instead of re-raising before the turn. That is the problem playing such a weak hand pre-flop, even if you hit top pair, ther's a good chance you're behind or could be outdrawn The fact that the player on the button sucked out to win does not make it a smart play. The correct strategy is not to get involved in these kind of situations.