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Poker Hand Of The Week: Jean-Pascal Savard Vs. Patrick Blye

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 nine players left on the final table bubble of the PartyPoker Million North America main event, Jean-Pascal Savard raised to 6,000,000 from under-the-gun and Patrick Blye made the call immediately behind him.

The blinds folded and the flop fell ADiamond SuitAClub Suit2Heart Suit. Savard checked, and Blye bet 5,300,000. Savard called and the 10Spade Suit hit the turn.

Savard checked, and Blye bet 11,500,000. Savard called and then checked for a third time when the KClub Suit rolled off on the river. This time, Blye moved all-in for his last 36,100,000 and Savard instantly called.

Blye revealed 10Heart Suit10Club Suit for a turned full house, but Savard held AHeart SuitKSpade Suit for a better full house on the river.

The Questions

What do you think of Blye’s call preflop? Should he have considered a three-bet? Do you like Savard’s decision to play his hand passively? Was Blye correct to stab at the flop or is checking behind the better play? Should Savard have considered a check-raise on the flop or turn? Are there any bluffs in Blye’s range that would continue to fire on the river?

The Aftermath

The massive cooler left Blye on the rail in ninth place. He picked up CAD $60,000 for his deep run in the event. Savard scooped the huge pot and went into the final table in second place overall with the likes of Niall Farrell, Matt Waxman and Ari Engel still to contend with.

Savard chose his spots well and ultimately came out on top after striking a deal with his heads-up opponent and good friend, Jonathan Bussieres. The Montreal native earned CAD $956,000 for topping the field of 1,168 players.

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.