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Poker Hand Matchup: Jesse Sylvia vs. Jacob Balsiger

Swords 6 6 4 K Q

Jesse Sylvia

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

Starting Stack: 66,200,000

J 5

35.27 %

49.8 %

31.82 %

Jacob Balsiger

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

Starting Stack: 50,375,000


64.21 %

49.29 %

68.18 %


Posted On: Dec 03, 2012


Final table, three handed, with the blinds at 400,000 and 800,000 and a 100,000 ante, Balsiger raised to 1,600,000 from the button, Sylvia reraised to 3,900,000 from the big blind, Balsiger called. On the Flop, Sylvia bet 4,100,000, Balsiger called. On the Turn, Sylvia checked, Balsiger checked. On the River, Sylvia bet 9,400,000, Balsiger called.


Sylvia mounted one of his frequent preflop three-bets in response to a potential steal-play. However Balsiger had a very strong hand under the shorthanded circumstances and easily absorbed the reraise. Sylvia caught an attractive flop and promptly led out with his four-flush. Not only had he projected strength with his preflop reraise, but the paired board made it much less likely Balsiger caught a piece of the flop making this a nice spot for his semibluff. Balsiger stuck with his Ace high though, which stalled Sylvia into a check on the turn. Sylvia had built a substantial pot already and likely was eager to see the river. Sylvia knew he could probably check-call here but he didn’t want to risk leading out in the event that Balsiger might raise, forcing Syvia to either muck or call what would probably be an expensive raise. From our vantage point we can see a second well-sized semibluff from Sylvia would have probably been successful on the turn, but Sylvia’s point of view was a desire to see the river under all scenarios. Sylvia missed his Heart on the river, but he bet his busted draw with a sizable bet. Had Balsiger missed his Queen this bet may well have earned Sylvia the pot – in fact Balsiger deliberated on the call for some time even after hitting the Queen.


5 years ago

coulda shoulda woulda

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