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Poker Hand of the Week: Troy Quenneville vs. Ari Engel

Let Us Know How You Would Have Played The Hand


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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 Hand

With 22 players remaining in the $5,000 buy-in World Poker Tour Caribbean main event, Troy Quenneville raised to 26,000 from the cutoff. Ari Engel defended from the big blind and the two players saw a flop of KClub Suit10Heart Suit2Club Suit.

Engel checked and Quenneville fired in a continuation bet of 22,000. Engel called and the turn was the 4Spade Suit. Engel checked and Quenneville bet 59,000.

Engel called and the 8Spade Suit hit the river. Engel checked once again, and this time, Quenneville moved all-in. Engel had 230,000 behind and eventually called off the rest of his stack. Quenneville showed ASpade SuitAClub Suit and Engel mucked.

The Questions

What do you think Engel had? Given the board texture, what bluffs are in Quenneville’s range that Engel can beat? What do you think of Quenneville’s oversized all-in bet on the river? Was it an effective way to disguise his hand strength? What do you think of Quenneville’s bet sizing on the flop and turn? Assuming Engel held some form of top pair, what do you think of his line? Could he have learned more information from a check-raise on the flop?

The Aftermath

Niall FarrellEngel was eliminated in 22nd place, taking home $13,000. Quenneville dragged the pot and even managed to get heads-up, earning $220,000 for his finish.

The eventual winner was Niall Farrell, who banked $335,000 and his first WPT title. Farrell, an EPT champion from 2015, now has more than $3.1 million in lifetime live tournament earnings. The Scottish poker pro, who has a law degree, also has two runner-up finishes at the WSOP.

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.



5 years ago

taodung says engel has k9-k6 or second pair q-10 club suited or j-10
engel player profile for this hand is loose passive
troy player profile for this hand is tight aggressive
engel mistake was check/calling the turn ( why was this a mistake because when he called he made himself pot commmitted )
what does that mean (pot committed) it means he cant fold because he put too much of his stack into the pot (engel hap 3 option after he check the turn
check/raise allin check/fold or check/call
engel choose check/call (the worse choice) which lead to the river play of check/call allin
engel played the hand like a girl