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Poker Hand of the Week: 6/26/14

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 nine players remaining in a WSOP event and with 1,911,000, you are in second place by a slim margin. With blinds of 15,000-30,000 with a 5,000 ante, you have 63 big blinds. There are three short-stacked players with less than 15 big blinds.

You look down at KClub SuitKDiamond Suit in early position and raise to 75,000. The chip leader, a player with 1,954,000, calls immediately behind you. The blinds fold and the flop comes down QSpade Suit6Spade Suit3Diamond Suit.

You bet 125,000 and your opponent calls. The turn is the 9Diamond Suit and you bet 225,000. Again, your opponent calls. The river is the 5Diamond Suit.

The Questions

Do you check or bet? If checking, what is your plan should your opponent bet? Will you call or check raise? If betting, how much? What kinds of worse hands will your opponent call a value bet with? If your opponent has a busted draw of some kind, should you check and hope he bluffs?

Sean DempseyWhat Actually Happened

In the WSOP $3,000 no-limit hold’em event and sitting with pocket kings on a board of QSpade Suit6Spade Suit3Diamond Suit9Diamond Suit5Diamond Suit, Sean Dempsey checked and his opponent, Ryan Laplante, bet 664,000.

Dempsey quickly called and saw that his kings were ahead of Laplante’s AHeart SuitQDiamond Suit. Dempsey took the pot and a big lead in the tournament.

Laplante went on to finish in fifth place, banking $113,796. Dempsey won the event, earning his first gold bracelet and the $548,460 first-place prize.

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 4 years ago

Betting the river for value seems standard if we think are opponent as a Q. If he is tricky, aggressive or like the bet or bluff at signs of weakness we can safely check/call the river for pot control and as a bluff catcher. It is very player dependent and since stacks are deep I lean towards a check simply because a small ball approach suits us well here.


over 4 years ago

The KK's should check for two reasons: 1) There is a potential flush on the board; 2) Checking allows your opponent to bluff at it. The over-pair is a well hidden weapon - in this case it pays off.


over 4 years ago

When you check the river you are just inviting disaster. What are you going to do if he goes all in to your check is the real question? I would rather fire out another bet on the river and get check raised all in than give it up by checking the river. There are so so many combos of hands that got there on the river.


over 4 years ago

The main consideration in this situation is ICM considerations. You are heads up with the chip leader who has slightly more than you ( you both have over 60 BB's). There are 9 total players with 3 players less than 15 BB. So there is no point going to war with the chip leader unless you aren't concerned about laddering up and are just playing to win it all. The chip leader could have many hands that beat KK so the check on the river is for pot control. At the river, there is about $895K in the pot and each player has about $1,500K left. When LaPlant bets $664K that is about 75% of the pot which is a big bet but it still leaves you with $836K if you lose. If LaPlant make a huge all in over bet, I would probably fold. I think Dempsey played the hand well.

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