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Poker Hand Of The Week: Brandon Adams Vs. Nick Petrangelo

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 just six player remaining at the AUD$25,000 buy-in high roller event at the Aussie Millions, Nick Petrangelo raised to 40,000 from early position. It folded around to Brandon Adams in the big blind and he made the call.

The flop came down QDiamond Suit9Heart Suit8Diamond Suit and both players checked. The turn was the 5Diamond Suit and Adams bet 65,000. Petrangelo called and the river was the 5Heart Suit.

This time Adams bet 160,000. Petrangelo then moved all in for 470,000 and Adams quickly called. Petrangelo showed KDiamond Suit10Diamond Suit for a turned flush, but Adams held QSpade Suit5Spade Suit for a full house.

The Questions

Considering he was the preflop aggressor, are you surprised that Petrangelo didn’t make a continuation bet on the flop? Why didn’t he raise the turn, after making his flush? How standard was his all-in raise on the river? Is there any argument to just calling? What do you think of Adams’ big blind defense? What about his bet sizing on the turn and river? How does the action change if Adams doesn’t fill up?

The Aftermath

James ChenIn what turned out to be a slow-developing cooler, Petrangelo went out in sixth place, earning AUD$143,640. The pot was enough to vault Adams into second place overall, which is where he finished, taking home AUD$590,520.

The eventual winner was James Chen, a poker player from Taiwan who topped a field of 133 to take home the AUD$861,840 first-place prize. Chen, who is now Taiwan’s second biggest money winner, has two previous wins in the Macau Poker Cup High Roller in 2015 and 2016.

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.

*Winner photo courtesy of Crown Casino/Aussie Millions.



over 5 years ago

Lot of mistakes this hand, but don't know what the blinds and antes were. Adams defending his blind may be a bad play or an ok play. Definite first mistake was the initial raises checking the flop. Should of continuation bet 2/3rds to pot size. This may have made Adams lay it down due to bad kicker. Turn card is also a horrible play to just check and give free card. Should of Bet his flush for sure where its possible Adams wouldn't of given him credit for a flush, but an AQ or an over pair. Petrango should of bet large or all-in on the river. Its possible that Adams still calls, but at least Petrango could leave saying he was all-in when he had the best of it. Outcome is what it is by the poker cards. Put your money all in when you have the best hand as opposed to going all in dead. Just my opinion


over 5 years ago

taodung says tris hand was played correctly
both players play preflop correctly
both players want a free card and got one
both players hit their hand on turn ( train wreck waiting to happen )
both players on river get all the money in (train wreck occurs )
both players profile are tight aggressive (trappers)