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A Hand Matchup From 2010 WSOPE Main Event

Swords A T T T 3

Faraz Jaka

Win Pre-Flop Win Post-Flop Win Post-Turn

Starting Stack: 23,000

A 4

28.99 %

89.9 %

93.18 %


Roberto Romanello

Win Pre-Flop Win Post-Flop Win Post-Turn

Starting Stack: 19,525


70.52 %

10.0 %

4.55 %

Posted On: Oct 19, 2010


With the blinds at 100-200, Romanello raised to 550 from the button, Jaka reraised to 1,500 in the small blind, Romanello reraised to 4,525, Jaka reraised to 20,000, Romanello called and was all in.


Despite a fantastic start, Romanello’s tournament took a wrong turn when he suffered a set-under-set cooler. However, he was still very healthy in relation to the betting levels, with nearly 100 big blinds and two-thirds of his starting stack intact at level two of play. Jaka might have hoped his opponent was tilted from the previous cooler and attempted a resteal with his weak ace out of the small blind. Romanello was obviously undeterred by his hyper-aggressive opponent’s play when he reraised the action to 4,525, a substantial bet amounting to 22 big blinds. Jaka played straight into his table image, promptly committing 85% of his stack with A-4 and demonstrating a wide five-betting range that has made him notorious over the past few years. Romanello called after some deliberation, while the dealer quickly bailed Jaka out with an ace on the flop. Romanello suffered a sickening elimination, while Jaka eventually ended his day-one flight in fourth chip position.


over 10 years ago

With QQ, I would have folded to the all-in bet. Three things are possible: (1) Villain has KK or AA and you are a huge dog for all of your chips; (2) Villain has one or two overcards and you are either in a coin-toss situation or you have a fair chance of being outdrawn; and (3) Villain is on a stone-cold bluff and you are a heavy favorite.

(3) is possible but certainly unlikely. (1) is the only likely explanation if Villain is a sound player. (2) is possible if Villain is very aggressive.

Even if (2) is the actual case, you stand a significant chance of elimination. If Villain has AK, then you are only a very slight favorite. If Villain has only one over, then you are a significant favorite but you can be outdrawn.

All things considered, I would rather fold and concede the 4525 chips I have committed to the pot than call when I may already be beat or stand a fair chance of being beat.


over 10 years ago

Considering it is the WSOPE, I would have most likely folded. A well-known pro isn't going to push that early with something weak, unless he had a really good tell/read on me, and I'll assume he doesn't. IF this were a lower buy-in tournament, the argument is debatable, as a less experienced player might likely reshove with AK, AQ. Considering this specific situation, in such a deep-stacked event, there will be other opportunities. On a side note, I would question the 4bet of Romanello to such a well-known player this early in the tournament. If this was the first 3bet I saw from Jaka, I would be more inclined to flat call and see what the flop would bring.


over 10 years ago

This is Roberto Romanello we are talking about, a very good high stakes player that can drop £10K easily in a cash game. He is a brilliant player and knew all too well what Faraz Jaka is like. Anyone with Roberto's bankroll that would have folded is unlikely to win many tournaments. If this was me I'd fold but if £10K was an easily affordable buy in to me and Faraz Jaka was the opponent I'd beat his chips into the pot. I'm guessing Faraz hadn't done his homework and didn't realise how good Roberto is, he made an awful donkey play and Roberto can walk away knowing he did everything correct, his call is only wrong if his opponent has KK, AA or possibly even AK.
I like Faraz's game a lot of the time but some of his success is down to making horrible plays like this and getting really lucky.
You guys talking about having to fold are not taking enough things into account and if you say fold under all conditions then you are actually saying that a poker player shouldn't try and double up when they are an 70:30 favourite, which is not right, under some conditions against some players you must fold, in this situation for Roberto he is absolutely right in my opinion.


over 10 years ago

I don't think neither player did anything wrong here. Romanello certainly didn't, getting it in with QQ against Jaka is almost a must because of his image. Against some players it's an instafold, but I'd be ready to get it in against Jaka with QQ 100% of the time 100bb deep with no tells.
Jaka knows that people 4bet him light, so he can 5bet bluff quite often, and A4 is a good hand for that because of the A-blocker and almost always having one live card when called. He should also know that Romanello is known for sick laydowns, so it it's very possible that he folds a hand as strong as AK/QQ/JJ.
If Jaka wants to 3bet frequently, he must be ready to 5bet light sometimes to make it profitable.


over 10 years ago

I think critical point in the hand is the 3 bet by Romanello preflop. By threebetting there, he allowed Jaka to shove, placing him at a decision point for all his chips. When Jaka reraises initially, Romanello should be thinking "What if this guy has AK? - Do I really want a coint toss here?". If he simply flat-calls the 1500, he can see the flop and fold if its a scary one (like A-10-10) that hits many of his opponenents hands, and fold his QQ - saving LOTS of chips for later.


over 10 years ago

Am I the only one here who thinks Faraz may have simply misread his hand as A-A? (Or even realized that possibility?)

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