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Poker Hand of the Week: 2/12/16

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

There are 135 players remaining out of a field of 1,171. Only 110 will make the money, putting you near the bubble. You have a stack of 95,500 and the blinds are currently 2,500-5,000 with a 500 ante, giving you 19 big blinds.

You are in early position and are dealt AClub Suit10Club Suit. You raise to 12,000 and the big blind, a big stack who started the hand with 555,000, calls. The flop is JSpade Suit9Club Suit6Club Suit and your opponent checks.

You decide to take a free card and check behind. The turn is the QDiamond Suit, giving you a gutshot straight draw. Your opponent bets 15,000. You have 83,000 total left in your stack.

The Questions

Do you call, raise or fold? If raising, how much? If calling, what is your plan for the river if you make your hand? What is your plan if you miss? How does the approaching money bubble affect your decision?

What Actually Happened

Chris LeongIn the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, Dan Buzgon opted to just call a bet of 15,000 holding AClub Suit10Club Suit on a board of JSpade Suit9Club Suit6Club SuitQDiamond Suit.

The river was the 5Club Suit, giving him a flush, and his opponent Gianni Arcuri, decided to bet 20,000. Buzgon raised all in for his last 68,000 and Arcuri called. Buzgon showed his flush and Arcuri mucked his hand.

Despite the double up, Buzgon was coolered soon after and eliminated short of the money. Arcuri managed to ride his stack to a 49th-place finish for $10,870. The eventual winner was Chris Leong, who took home $816,246 and his first WPT title.

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 2 years ago

Time to try semi-bluff was on the flop. Depending on opponent I would either shove on the flop or take the free card. Once hero takes free card on the flop, I don't think a raise on turn is credible. But the pot odds (~3 to 1) and implied odds make a call pretty easy.

If river misses only option is to fold to a bet or check behind. Toughest choice would be if an A hits on the river and opponent bets enough to put hero all in.


almost 2 years ago

I don't mind the flat that much but I think it's a shove on the turn since you get fold equity and thus give yourself the best chance to win the hand at least 2 different ways instead of putting yourself to another decision based on the river.