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Poker Hand of the Week: Maria Lampropulos vs. Jacob Mulhern

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

In the 2017 PartyPoker Live Millions event, Jacob Mulhern was enjoying a slight heads-up chip lead over his opponent, Maria Lampropulos. Mulhern raised to 21 million on the button and Lampropulos called from the big blind.

The flop came down 6Diamond Suit4Diamond Suit3Spade Suit and Lampropulos checked. Mulhern made a continuation bet of 21 million and Lampropulos called. The turn was the 9Diamond Suit and Lampropulos checked again.

Mulhern bet 45 million and Lampropulos called. The river was the 10Spade Suit and Lampropulos checked for a third time. Mulhern bet 160 million and Lampropulos went into the tank for several minutes.

Mulhern called the clock, and before her minute was up, Lampropulos made the call. Mulhern could only show down KClub Suit8Spade Suit for king high. Lampropulos turned over JDiamond Suit9Club Suit for second pair and dragged the pot.

The Questions

Do you like Mulhern’s preflop raise size? What about his continuation bet? What do you think Lampropulos was planning for the turn before making a pair? Do you think Lampropulos should have considered leading the turn, or possibly check-raising? What about making a blocker bet on the river? What is Mulhern representing with his river bet?

The Aftermath

The pot gave Lampropulos a more than 2:1 chip lead. A short while later, the two players found themselves in an all-in preflop confrontation, with Lampropulos holding pocket kings against Mulhern’s AHeart SuitQClub Suit.

The board ran out nine high, and Mulhern was eliminated in second place, earning £650,000. Lampropulos picked up the title, the trophy and the £1 million 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.