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Poker Hand of the Week: Dan Weinman vs. Tyler Kenney

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

At the three-handed final table of the World Poker Tour Borgata Winter Poker Open, with Nathan Bjerno sitting on just 5,570,000 in chips, Tyler Kenney raised to 350,000 on the button and Daniel Weinman three-bet to 1,200,000. Kenney called and the flop fell 8Diamond Suit 5Spade Suit 4Club Suit.

Weinman checked and Kenney bet 1,400,000. Weinman called and the turn was the 10Heart Suit. Weinman checked again, and this time, Kenney bet 3,005,000.

The river was the 3Spade Suit and Weinman checked. Kenney then moved all in for 10,610,000. Weinman went into the tank for about two minutes before finally calling with 9Club Suit 5Diamond Suit for third pair. Kenney could only show KHeart Suit 9Heart Suit for king high and the massive pot worth more than 85 percent of the chips in play.

The Questions

What do you think of Weinman’s preflop decision to three-bet? What about Kenney’s continuation bet on the flop? After Weinman calls on the flop, should Kenney be firing another barrel on the turn? Should Weinman ever consider a blocker bet on the river? What would Kenney have done on the river if he had some showdown value? Kenney has king high, but what other hands are in his range that Weinman can beat? How does the presence of Bjerno’s short stack affect Weinman’s decision?

Weinman Wins Borgata Winter Poker OpenThe Aftermath

Despite starting the hand with 108 big blinds, Kenney was eliminated in third place for $327,578. Weinman dragged the pot and took a 6:1 advantage into heads-up play with Bjerno.

Despite his short stack, Bjerno managed to survive 50 hands before Weinman finally put him away with a dominating ace. Bjerno picked up $524,964 for his runner-up finish, while Weinman took home his first WPT title and the $892,433 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

Taodung says
Daniel player profile it lp (better know as stupid)
Tyler is a lap (gambler
Nathan small stack is very important (means keep the pot small)
Both players make same mistake build a big pot with a small stack sitting out
What does that mean too much risk vs reward (a common mistake of players who don't use math)


4 years ago

Poorly played hand all around.


4 years ago

Difference between playing at this level and playing $50 MTT's/freerolls is these guys have backers...very nice backers.