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Poker Hand of the Week: Patrick Mahoney vs. Upeshka De Silva

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 three players remaining at the final table, Matt Humphrey (7,200,000) folded from the button and Patrick Mahoney completed from the small blind. Upeshka De Silva raised to 685,000 from the big blind and Mahoney called.

The flop came down KSpade Suit9Heart Suit5Spade Suit and Mahoney checked. De Silva bet 535,000 and Mahoney called. The turn was the JDiamond Suit and Mahoney checked again.

De Silva bet 905,000 and Mahoney called. The river was the 3Spade Suit and Mahoney checked for the third and final time. De Silva then moved all in for 3,840,000 and Mahoney quickly called.

De Silva turned over KClub SuitQSpade Suit for top pair, but Mahoney revealed JSpade Suit9Spade Suit for turned two pair and a rivered flush.

The Questions

What do you think of Mahoney’s overall line? It obviously worked out in the end, but does he call the big river bet if he doesn’t river a flush? Would you prefer a check-raise on the flop, or perhaps the turn after making two pair? What do you think of De Silva’s line? Was he shoving the river for value or was he turning his hand into a bluff? How much did having the QSpade Suit in his hand affect De Silva’s decision?

The Aftermath

For his third-place finish, De Silva was awarded with $200,640. With that pot, Mahoney took more than a 2:1 chip lead into heads-up play. Just 30 minutes later and it was all over.

Mahoney’s pocket jacks held up against Humphrey’s AClub SuitKClub Suit to give him the title. Humphrey earned $328,320 for his runner-up finish. Mahoney took home the trophy, the title, a $5,000 buy-in into the Hard Rock Poker Open and the $564,227 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.

 
 
 
 

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Kenny3
5 years ago

De Silva should've bet more on the flop to atleast put Mahoney in the tank. I would've called 500k on that flop as well, but probably not 900 k (not based off math obviously).

 
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swallsjr
5 years ago

Bet size larger on the flop,turn is fine but don't go for value on the river. Underpairs are not calling a third barrell and the flush got there.

 
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Landon2
5 years ago

Shoving almost 20bb 3 handed with 1 pair is bad play on a wet board like that....especially with that much showdown value. His line is perfectly fine just needs to check behind on river.

 
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Landon2
5 years ago

Shoving almost 20bb 3 handed with 1 pair is bad play on a wet board like that....especially with that much showdown value. His line is perfectly fine just needs to check behind on river.

 
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taodungchi
5 years ago

Taodung will put in his 7 cents
First this a very common poker hand of top pair vs flush draw
And a tag vs lag player profile
Ok our hero is lag (de silva) and has the short stack
Preflop both player played correct
Flop play was also correct
Turn play hero has 3 option bet, check, or shove allin
Shove all in is the best play (put villain to the test)
Bet 65% of pot (make villain pay to make his draw)
Check no way (lag players always bet top pair good kicker)
Hero bets
River play was a big mistake for our hero (cheap shoẃndown is the best play) hero should have check (the flush card hit)

 
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Lassedrengen
5 years ago

They're asking about Mahoney's play, not Da Silva's ... so Mahoney should be hero in your analysis!

 
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taodungchi
5 years ago

taodung will now do analysis of mahoney play the villian in my book
player profile was tight aggressive but i now profile him as tight passive
what does that mean tight passive it means he is a weak player a rock
check call his best move
now for the questions
a tp player never becomes aggressive unless he has the nuts
that makes all the questions mute (tp dont know how to bet only check/call)
no skill
luck is his best friend

 
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AceupmySlv
5 years ago

Mahoney made the most money of course and the end result would probably be the same, but Mahoney should be check raising (most likely putting De Silva all in) on the turn. Especially against a short stack.

De Silva should obviously be checking this river.

 
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iMoneySlots
5 years ago

From turn to turn, De Silve should keep the strategy til' result. I am tracking online poker on http://imoneyslots.com/ but still intend with real game. They are so different, and the experience of both games too. No hence, just wondering who experienced the same?

 
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