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Poker Hand Of The Week: 10/17/13

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

There are six players remaining in a mid-stakes buy-in poker tournament filled with both seasoned pros and amateurs. With blinds of 300-600 with a 75 ante and a stack of 19,200, you are in fifth place with 32 big blinds.

The chip leader with 56,500, who also happens to be the best player left at the table, min-raises to 1,200 from under the gun and you look down at KHeart Suit10Spade Suit in the cutoff.

You decide to call in position and the big blind does as well. The flop comes KDiamond Suit7Heart Suit3Diamond Suit and the big blind checks. Your opponent bets 2,000 and you call. The big blind folds.

The turn is the QSpade Suit and your opponent checks. You have 16,000 remaining in your stack and the tournament’s shortest stack is sitting with 8,000. You are already in the money.

The Questions

Do you check behind or bet? If betting, how much? If your opponent calls your bet, what river cards will you bet for value and how much? Which river cards will cause you to check behind? If checking, what is your plan on the river?

Jackie GlazierWhat Actually Happened

At the 2013 WSOP Europe €1,000 Ladies Event and looking at a board of KDiamond Suit7Heart Suit3Diamond SuitQSpade Suit, Sherill Lindsey opted to bet 4,000 with her KHeart Suit10Spade Suit.

Her opponent, Jackie Glazier, called and the river was the 5Diamond Suit. Glazier moved all in and Lindsey called off for her remaining 12,000. Glazier showed ADiamond SuitJDiamond Suit for the nut flush and Lindsey was eliminated in sixth place, earning €3,800.

Glazier went on to win the tournament and her first career bracelet, along with the first-place prize of €21,850.

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 8 years ago

Can I bet the flop? If so I raise 6k and push the turn. Why on earth would anyone just call for 2k in a pot with over 4k in it with top pair?

If I need to play on the turn I really can't see any other move then to push here, but it is a bad move since there isn't enough chips in the middle.


over 8 years ago

First of all I would have folded preflop. I know it's only 6 handed but you're still facing an UTG preflop raise. Second, the raise is from the best player at the table. Even though we are in position, how much value can we really expect to get from the best player at the table. And third, the raise is from the chip leader who will be able to put immense pressure on you.

Once we call preflop though, I think we have to call the bet on the flop. Folding top pair it just too weak even though I do give the villian a higher probability of having some type of hand as she is betting into 3 players.

I know the Q of spades brings a few more draws, but I like a check back here. If the villian doesn't have a hand and has given up, we may be able to get her to bluff the river.

Ok, so we bet the turn and we got called. So let's see, the villian raised UTG preflop, continuation bet into 3 opponents, and called a turn bet. She definitely has something, even if it's as weak as a strong flush draw.

The 5d completes a possible flush. Otherwise it's basically a blank. Now our villian puts us all in. I don't think the villian has to have a flush here, but she can also have KQ and still be good enough to value bet here.

Given the villians preflop, flop and turn actions, I think we have to find a fold here.


over 8 years ago

Check turn behind. This is a WAWB situation and you can't bet/call a raise on the turn. I would then bluff catch on the river in position against any non diamond or if checked to on a brick river I'd go for thin value hoping she paired her Q on the turn. Q hi flush draws would check turn because she picked up showdown value against my flop calling range and could stop semi bluffing. She could also look me up with an Ace after checking to me twice and I make a nice little value bet on the river if checked to. If a diamond comes on the river and she bets, I fold as a huge % of her range is FD's

Josh "Doc" August


over 8 years ago

My first thought was shove. Not as much for the diamond draw as the broadway draws. Then I thought about the situation and decided I would rather bet somewhere between 6K and 8K. Villain might have still called 6K, but maybe not 8K. If he does, I'm probably calling the river most of the time. Then I'm mad because I didn't trust my first instinct.