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Poker Hand Matchup: WeiKai Chang vs. Joe Nguyen

Swords T 7 5 9 6

WeiKai Chang

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

Starting Stack: 11,695,000

8 6

41.56 %

32.73 %

81.82 %


Joe Nguyen

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

Starting Stack: 7,600,000

T 2

56.47 %

67.27 %

18.18 %

Posted On: Mar 18, 2013


Final table, heads-up, with the blinds at 50,000 and 100,000 and a 15,000 ante, Nguyen raised to 250,000 from the button, Chang called. On the Flop, Chang checked, Nguyen bet 325,000, Chang called. On the Turn, Chang checked, Nguyen bet 530,000, Chang check-raised, Nguyen went all-in, Chang called.


Chang held 116 big blinds against Nguyen’s 76, so there was room for an extended heads-up battle. But the final hand occurred on just the sixth hand of heads-up play as they both connected heavily with the board. Nguyen submitted a standard button raise but Chang had the luxury of a 1.5 : 1 chip lead so he took a flop with his middling cards. Chang made an open ended straight draw on the flop and rather than semibluff he exercised pot control, ready for a check call with his draw. Nguyen submitted an honest bet with top pair which Chang quickly absorbed. Chang caught his gin card on the turn, which also gave Nguyen a four flush. Nguyen submitted his second tiered bet, but Chang check-raised for an unknown amount. Nguyen’s kicker was weak, but he was ready to commit with his top pair and potential redraw. While Chang’s check-raise amount is unknown, it’s possible that Nguyen could have survived the hand if he had just called the check raise and Chang’s next river bet that might not have set him all-in. The reasons for this more cautious line would be Nguyens still substantial depth to the blinds, the clustered nature of the board which offered many two-pair combinations he was losing to, and also the weakness of his kicker. With only one to come the flush draw was not as attractive as it might have seemed. An argument for his more aggressive line is the fact that Chang probably didn’t credit the preflop raiser with top pair and might have been using his chip position to buy the pot. Top pair can be quite difficult to get away from heads up. At any rate, 29 year old Chang held off the diamonds, scored his first major and $1,138,350. California native and family man Nguyen also scored his largest cash to date – $666,740 for his runner up finish.

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