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Poker Hand of the Week: 8/20/14

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

You are playing in a high roller event in Europe with 77 entrants. There are 41 players remaining and only 11 will make the money. You, a top ranked no-limit hold’em tournament player, have 250,000 in chips, which is below average. The blinds are currently 5,000-10,000 with a 1,000 ante, giving you 25 big blinds to work with.

The action folds around to you on the button and you look down at AClub SuitJHeart Suit. You min-raise to 20,000 and the big blind, an accomplished high roller player who started the hand with just 122,000, makes the call.

The flop comes down KDiamond SuitJDiamond SuitJSpade Suit, giving you trips. Your opponent checks and you decide to make a small bet of 14,000. Your opponent calls and the turn is the 5Diamond Suit.

Your opponent checks. He has 87,000 remaining in his stack.

The Questions

Do you bet or check behind? Does the third diamond on the turn concern you? Your opponent flat called a raise out of position with just 12 big blinds in his stack. What does that say about his hand strength? What range of hands can your opponent be holding after check calling the flop? If betting, how much? Are you betting to extract value or to price out your opponent from hitting a flush?

Tony GreggWhat Actually Happened

At the EPT Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller, Tony Gregg opted to check behind holding AClub SuitJHeart Suit on a board of KDiamond SuitJDiamond SuitJSpade Suit5Diamond Suit.

The river was the 5Spade Suit and his opponent, Timothy Adams, moved all in for 87,000. Greg called immediately and turned over his full house. Adams showed JClub Suit7Club Suit and both players chopped the pot.

Adams was later eliminated short of the money and Gregg was eliminated on the money bubble.

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.



7 years ago

i like the turn check behind. hes almost never losing to a flush and if by giving a free card the 4th diamond comes so be it. reevaluate then. however its imperative to get that last 87k villain has!!.the best way to do that is to check behind and bluff catch river bets as well as value bets from an opponent who may think lots of inferior holdings are in the lead. his preflop flat tells me his range is pretty wide. he most likely has medium strength hands that want to see flop. garbage hands probably ship pre and most strong hands do too. he may flat with aa,kk,qq or ak but just not likely holdings. if the 4th diamond hits river im leaning towards calling any bet and checking behind if he checks. reason being id expect all mid to big diamonds to bet the turn, and all baby diamonds to check river trying to bluff catch heros potential river bluff. i think the hand was played perfectly, in a standard way really, although the flop bet sizing was unique. it allowed hero the appearance of being able to fold to ships by villain and it looks like a cheap attempt to pick up the pot with a continuation bet. i like the bet sizing. all in all i like the way it was played and would have honestly played it the same sure he was disgusted to chop!! actually, im SURE they both were! thanks for reading