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Poker Hand Of The Week: 10/3/13

You Decide What's The Best Play


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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 have 850,000 in chips with the blinds at 10,000-20,000 with a 3,000 ante, which is good enough for seventh place of the remaining 11 players. You are one spot away from the unofficial final table.

A player who has you covered with 1,150,000 raises to 48,000 from the button and you look down at KClub Suit9Club Suit from the big blind. You call and the flop is the 8Heart Suit7Club Suit6Heart Suit and you check.

Your opponent bets 56,000 and you call with your open-ended straight draw. The turn is the KDiamond Suit and you check again. Your opponent bets 127,000. You have 616,000 behind the bet.

The Questions

Do you call, raise or fold? If calling, what is your plan for river cards that don’t improve your hand? What about river cards that give you a straight? If raising, how much? Is there any value in moving all in? Can you get called by worse hands? If folding, why? What range of hands is your opponent representing by raising preflop and firing two streets?

Bradford AlbrinckWhat Actually Happened

Facing a bet of 127,000 on the turn of a board reading 8Heart Suit7Club Suit6Spade SuitKDiamond Suit, Chris Lillie elected to move all in for an additional 616,000 with his KClub Suit9Club Suit.

His opponent, Josh Williams, instantly called with 10Club Suit9Spade Suit for the flopped nut straight, leaving Lillie drawing to a chop. The river was the AHeart Suit and Lillie was eliminated in 11th place, earning $16,850.

Williams went on to finish in fifth place, pocketing $56,799. The eventual winner was Bradford Albrinck, who banked $221,994 and the World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Cincinnati main event title.

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.



almost 7 years ago

If the Villain is a loose aggressive player i would just check-call the turn and check call again on the river with the kings or check- all in with the straight..

If he is a tight aggressive player I also would have called the turn bet and preraised the river to twice the potsize


almost 7 years ago

i would just check-call the turn and check call again on the river with the kings or check- all in with the straight..

if the river doesn't help me and he goes all in I may fold.


almost 7 years ago

Without the chip stacks of the other players, kind hard to figure out for ICM purposes. If I was the short stack I shove on the turn. Top pair and open-end would be good enough for me. If there are stacks with less than mine - would fold and hope to wait for the pay-jump or a premium hand. Can still play some poker with 30 BB


almost 7 years ago

Depends on the goal and if you are already on the money. With the K on the turn, I now have a hand with show down value and chances to improve. Calling leaves you with 25BB behind and looking at around 12BB bet on the river from your opponent.

What we are missing is history (if any). Do we know what range he opens with? Is he always aggressive (miss or hit)? Let say there is not history (first hand with that person). Shoving here to me isn't the move. You have a hand that beat any pair on the board and you would be more often then not called with better hand that the player is representing by betting a 2nd bullet. So I call.

If river gives me a straight a set or second pair, I shove. Just value betting would seem stronger then shoving at this point and I want a call.

If river doesn't improve my hand, I would fold if on the bubble or near and probably call if already on the money. Say probably because it would depend on the feel (if I intuitively got any tells). The third bullet would indicate a strong hand or a bluff.


almost 7 years ago

I'd check call the turn and check the river, call to a bet if i have made hand, fold to Vilian s river bet if I missed. Save my remaining chips for next & better spot.


almost 7 years ago

3 bet pre and take it down.


almost 7 years ago

As the hero in this situation I would fold after the turn. It seems to me the initial action and subsequent bets would have felt staged for the draw vs trying to prevent the hero from getting there.

The villain kept control of the hand by betting out for information and value but never betting enough "go away" money at the flop. I treat such bets with suspicion and fix my opponent's hand range with that information.

The post flop bet of only roughly 10k more than the opening bet would stick in my head as an interesting follow up bet and offer a clue about the situation.

Needing more information, I think I would have re-raised the minimum amount post flop to see how it is responded to and to possibly try to get flat call and check for a free card on the turn. Any following bet/re-raise from my opponent would force me to put him or her on a range of hands of which almost all put my hand in bad spot with little hope of the win. The K is more or less a brick to me since my 9 kicker is to weak to un-stack my tournament life on and allowing the outside chance my opponent was playing poorly with only overs to the board.


almost 7 years ago

Obviously it is difficult to make this judgment without being in that situation yourself. Depending on the style the other player I would either call or fold. If this player has been tighter most of the day and then consistently getting chips into this pot, I would think something was up and would want no part of it. If he was more of a loose player I would possibly put him on possibly a straight draw as well, or possibly even A8 A7, etc.. In this scenario I would have gave him a call in hopes of improving my hand on the river.


almost 7 years ago

Just a stone cold cooler, for your opponent to flop the nuts and you turn top pair with the redraw. Not many pros are going to be able to get away from that hand, and I believe most shove on the turn any way. Just a tough beat, take your earnings, learn your lesson, and move on.


1 year ago

Christopher Lillie happens to a hero of mine. Him and the great Mike Massey. If I hear anymore backtalk about an obvious cooler I’ll stab someone.