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Poker Hand Of The Week: 10/24/13

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 20 players remaining in a pot-limit Omaha tournament and only 16 players will make the money. There are 4 tables remaining and you are playing five handed. The average chip count is currently 56,700. With blinds of 800-1,600 with a 200 ante and a stack of 135,300, you are the chip leader with 84 big blinds.

You look down at AHeart SuitASpade SuitJClub Suit6Heart Suit and decide to raise to 2,700. Your opponent, an aggressive poker pro with a big stack of 128,400, three-bets from the button to 9,900.

You decide to make a pot-sized raise to 31,500 and your opponent calls. The flop comes JHeart Suit9Heart Suit8Spade Suit and you check. Your opponent bets 24,000.

You have 103,600 remaining. Your opponent has 72,700 behind his flop bet. You have him covered in total by just 6,900.

The Questions

Do you call, raise or fold? If calling, what is your plan for non-jack, non-ace and non-heart turn cards? What is your plan for cards that improve your hand? If raising, how much? Do you re-pot all in for maximum fold equity? Do you even have any fold equity? How does the looming bubble weigh into your decision? What is your equity in the hand against a set? Against a straight? What was the reason for your initial flop check?

Noah SchwartzWhat Actually Happened

At the 2013 WSOP Europe €3,250 Mixed Max Pot-Limit Omaha event facing a bet of 24,000 on a flop of JHeart Suit9Heart Suit8Spade Suit and holding ADiamond SuitASpade SuitJClub Suit6Heart Suit, Raj Vohra opted to reraise all in against Ludovic Lacay.

Lacay instantly called all in for slightly less, tabling KDiamond SuitQDiamond SuitJDiamond Suit10Club Suit for the flopped straight with a redraw to a higher straight. The turn was the 9Club Suit, giving Vohra more outs to a full house, but the 6Diamond Suit on the river shipped the massive pot to Lacay.

Vohra was left crippled and was eliminated soon after shy of the money. Lacay went on to finish runner-up, earning €64,800. The tournament was won by Noah Schwartz, who picked up his first gold WSOP bracelet and the first-place prize of €104,580.

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 8 years ago

He should have never re-popped the pot pre-flop with that hand, especially against a known aggressive poker pro with position. He should have kept the pot smaller and better controlled what happened post flop. Even though he has a single suited pocket pair ace hand, it is really not that strong of a hand over most other playable hands. It is barely connected with the AJ, so you are playing for a set or flush only and even those don't hold up a lot of the time.

Once he got to that flop, that could have connected the other hand in many ways with sets, two pairs, and straights. I would have probably just peeled one to see the turn and go from there. Folding is not a bad option, but he was getting too much odds with that size of a flop bet. Even if you hit your flush on the turn, you may still get a set's money all in on the turn anyway, so why put it in on the flop while still with an unmade hand? With the guy having the nut straight, he may not have paid off on the turn, but that is only one possibility to put him on. If you blank the turn and he bets big, then you let it go.

The hand was played about as poorly as it could be played IMO.


almost 8 years ago

It isn’t rocket science. Villain loved his hand and wasn’t going anywhere. Hero flopped huge draw. I think it was played as well as expected. Ever rail high stakes PLO online? Ever see what these "pros" shove 100k+ pre with??? This hand was played fine and if I would have done anything different it would have been keeping pot smaller pre but that’s irrelevant because I wouldn’t have folded post flop.


almost 8 years ago

A flush draw isn't that big on a flop that fit a high wrap, the only draw out there is the flush draw and even if hero has this draw the str. flush draw is there. You cannot ever imagine being ahead on this flop and I do think her need to fold this. Like AceupmySlv said there is no point in playing a big pot in this situation. The pot is made to big to play and there is pretty much only an all in in this hand. Problem is how one control the pot in this case? The hand is dead if the flush hit the board as I see it. Playing a small pot make it possible to control the size to some extent and get out of it if the hand get out of hand.

Hero isn't that deep and not a dominant chip leader by any means, having a stack to play around with at the bubble is better then going in with a flush draw IMO. If he would have hit the flush it would have been fun but still a bad play. Why chase draws when hero can have short stacks doing so against him?


almost 8 years ago

I think calling his flop bet is a pretty standard play IMO. If you dont hit than you fold. You do not shove here but you absolutely do not fold his flop bet, even if you think he has a straight.