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Poker Hand of the Week: 5/15/14

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 in the money in a $1,500 poker tournament and guaranteed a $7,500 payday. There are eight players remaining and with 275,000 in chips, you are in seventh place overall. The blinds are 6,000-12,000 with a 2,000 ante, giving you almost 23 big blinds to work with.

The most aggressive player at the table, a medium stack with 410,000, raises to 24,000 from under the gun. The action folds around to a bigger stack in the small blind and he calls. You look down at 10Diamond Suit9Spade Suit in the big blind and also call.

The flop comes down 8Heart Suit7Diamond Suit2Club Suit, giving you two overs and an open-ended straight draw. The small blind checks, you check and the preflop raiser bets 27,000.

The small blind folds and you call. The turn is the 4Heart Suit and you check. Your opponent checks behind and the river is the 7Spade Suit, pairing the board. You have 222,000 remaining in your stack.

The Questions

Do you bet or check? If betting, how much? What does your opponent’s turn check say about his hand? How well does the river hit your range? If checking, would you consider a river check raise bluff or are you just giving up on the hand? How would your actions change against a less aggressive opponent?

Sean WinterWhat Actually Happened

At the Card Player Poker Tour bestbet Jacksonville main event and facing a board of 8Heart Suit7Diamond Suit2Club Suit4Heart Suit7Spade Suit, Jess Snyder opted to fire in a bet of 32,000 holding 10Diamond Suit9Spade Suit.

His opponent, Sean Winter, took a moment before calling with ADiamond Suit6Diamond Suit for ace high and took down the pot. Snyder went on to finish in seventh place, earning $10,200. Winter eventually won the tournament, banking $84,000.

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 6 years ago

Our villian raised UTG in a 7 handed table, continuation bet into two players, but then checked the turn after being called.

His line mostly looks like he is giving up on the turn with an unpaired hand like A9-AK, K10-KQ, QJ, J10. It's possible he decided to check back an overpair or a set that turned into a full house/quads but I think this makes up a little part of his range and most of his range consists of unpaired hands.

Therefore, I think we have to bluff this river so I do agree with the Hero that we should be betting. However, 32k into 140K is WAY to small. That's offering villian over 5 to 1 on a call. He has to be right less than 20% of the time for his call to be right. The villian can look us up with the Ace high part of his range and maybe even some King highs. I think the bet needs to be about double of what the hero actually bet. I'd bet about 60 to 65k.

If the villian still manages a call, then good for him, but we'll still have about 160,000 in our stack and can shove over anyone's opening preflop raise.


over 6 years ago

Sorry but I don't agree with ANY of the post flop action. When you are the short stack and find yourself in post fop decision it's ALWAYS 'shove' or 'check fold.' He made a super weak UTG bet which you basically had to call with any two. When you flop an open ender with two overs you are likely at the peak of your equity. Why you would EVER just call the post flop weak bet is beyond me. That was your spot to shove and take it down. Instead it goes check check on the turn and then you end up bluffing super small. That screams MISSED DRAW. I'd call you down with Ax every day of the week the way you played that hand.


over 6 years ago

I would've shoved after the flop