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Blake Cahail -- What's My Line? Part II

Cahail Talks About Two Key Hands With Daniel Negreanu and Victor Ramdin


NOTE: This is the second part of a two-part series examining Blake Cahail's recent run to the L.A. Poker Classic final table. You can read the first part by clicking here.

Event - Blinds/Antes L.A. Poker Classic 1,200-2,400 with a 400 ante.
Player Blake Cahail Daniel Negreanu
Chip Counts  About 140,000 48,600
Hand A Q K K

Hand No. 2 -- Negreanu Can't Get Away From the Rivered Set

Daniel NegreanuBlake Cahail raised to 6,200 on the button, and Daniel Negreanu called in the small blind. David Daneshgar called in the big blind, and the flop came out J 10 9.

Both Negreanu and Daneshgar checked, and Cahail checked behind. The turn was the 8, and the blinds checked again to Cahail, who bet 14,000.

Negreanu called, and Daneshgar folded. The river was the K, and Negreanu checked once again. Cahail moved him all in for his last 28,000, and Negreanu went into the tank.

Negreanu took his time talking out each possibility of what his opponent could be holding, and the two even bantered a bit before he decided to call, showing down K K for top set. Cahail revealed A Q for the Broadway straight, and Negreanu was eliminated in 82nd place, just short of the money.

The Interview

Julio Rodriguez:
In this second hand you once again had the best hand and were looking to get paid off. Take us through it, street by street.

Blake CahailBlake Cahail: I raised it to 6,200 on the button with A Q, and Daniel called from the small blind. I wasn't surprised, since he had been calling nearly every single one of my raises all day long. David Daneshgar also called from the big blind.

JR: Did you think he had a hand as big as he showed down?

BC: I know he's calling with a really wide range there and knew he was capable of flatting me out of position with a monster, but I had no idea just how strong he was at the time.

The flop came down J-10-9 with two diamonds. Why not continuation-bet with your draw?

BC: Even though I have an open-ended straight draw, I'm not too happy about that flop, especially with two other players in the hand. They both cheked, and it looked like Daniel was getting ready to check-raise me all in. That would have made me sick, and I might have been forced to call, depending on the amount. With that in mind, I decided to check behind and take the free card.

JR: You made your hand on the turn.

BC: Right, it was the 8, giving me the straight, but putting the flush possibility out there. They both checked to me, and I bet 14,000. Daniel called, which I thought was really weird, since it was for about a third of his stack. I wasn't sure what kind of hand he could be calling me with, and that concerned me a bit. David folded, and the river was a black king.

Blake CahailJR: Now your hand has improved.

BC: Yeah, it gave me the nut straight and allowed me to beat any queen that I was chopping with earlier. Daniel checked, and I thought for three seconds before moving all in. He tanked and gave a speech about how strong he was and that he wasn't sure he could get away. Finally, he called and showed the rivered set of kings.

JR: When he was in the tank, what was he saying to you?

BC: He said, "There's only one hand that beats me." I quickly told him, "Oh, then you must have the king-high flush," just as a joke. I was hoping that might induce a call, because right away he said that he knew I didn't have a flush. It was clear that he narrowed my range down to A-Q and everything else he could beat. I'm not sure what inevitably made him call, but he did and was out of the tournament.

NOTE: You can read Negreanu's analysis of the hand by reading his blog, which is available on