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Poker Hand of the Week: 4/17/15

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’re nearing the end of day one in a two day regional tournament. You’re still quite a bit away from the money bubble and with 47,900 in chips, you’re among the shorter stacks left in the room. The blinds are currently 1,200-2,400 with a 400 ante, giving you about 20 big blinds to work with.

A player with 82,000 in chips raises from under the gun to 5,500 and you are next to act. Looking down at AHeart Suit10Heart Suit, you make the call. The action folds around to the cutoff, who has 115,000. He three-bets to 12,500 and the original under the gun raiser calls.

You also call and the flop is KSpade Suit6Heart Suit6Diamond Suit. Everyone checks to the turn, which is the 5Heart Suit, giving you the nut flush draw. The under the gun player checks. You have 35,000 remaining in your stack and the pot size is currently 44,300.

The Questions

Do you check or bet? If checking, what is your plan if the cutoff bets? What if the cutoff bets enough to put you all in? If the cutoff checks behind, what is your plan for the river? If betting, how much? Should you bet maximizing your fold equity by moving all in even though there is just one card to come? Is this the best spot to gamble considering your stack size relative to the field?

What Actually Happened

Chan PeltonAt the 2015 Card Player Poker Tour Choctaw main event, an unknown player decided to move all in for his last 35,000 holding AHeart Suit10Heart Suit on a board reading KSpade Suit6Heart Suit6Diamond Suit5Heart Suit.

His opponent in the cutoff, Chan Pelton, called quickly, having slowplayed AClub SuitKHeart Suit. The third player in the hand folded. According to the Card Player Poker Odds Calculator, the unknown player would win the hand 18 percent of the time.

Instead, the river was the 10Club Suit, shipping the pot to Pelton. Pelton would go on to win the tournament, along with the $130,445 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.



4 years ago

First off, it's a poor decision to call an utg open w ATs, especially on a short stack. Look for a place to open steal or 3bet jam instead. If I was in this situation I would have checked the turn and here's why. When the cutoff checked that flop it should have been a red flag. What would he check there after 3betting pf against an utg opener and an ep caller? It screams slow play on a non-threatening board like K66 rainbow. AK, AA and KK are prevalent in his range with this line, maybe even KQs if he got loose w his pf 3bet. Check and see what he does, if he bets any decent amount fold. There are better uses of your few remaining chips than jamming here against the cutoff's suspicious line.


4 years ago

Couldn't agree more, if you're not going to be first in with ATs don't play it, with a 3 bet after you chances are you are way behind.


4 years ago

The only hope for the hero is if the cutoff was going for a delayed cb, but considering the pf action that feels unlikely.


4 years ago

I agree like you said calling with ATs after an utg open not today, but, open steal or 3 bet jam i like it that would be a great way to play that hand in that situation.


4 years ago

The way this hand was played he deserved to lose. Every decision was horrible. We should not be calling in early position with a hand like A10 in at a full table. We can shove or fold, and folding is a better option since we still have 20 bb and because we are not in the money and their is not added value by shoving. We also don't have much fold equity from an utg raiser with 40bb.

Next we shove on the turn on a paired board with only a flush draw. If called, we are always beat and only drawing to 9 clean outs. If we are going to be this irresponsible with our chips, we might as well have shoved pre flop which as least sound slightly more logical.