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Poker Hand Matchup: Pascal Vos vs. Calvin Anderson

Swords A K 7 8 4

Pascal Vos

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

Starting Stack: 895,000

4 4

51.39 %

67.58 %

86.36 %

Winner!

Calvin Anderson

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

Starting Stack: 1,990,000

T 5

47.4 %

30.61 %

13.64 %

Posted On: May 08, 2013


Outcome

Shorthanded, with the blinds at 25,000 and 50,000 and a 5,000 ante, Daniel Gai Pidun raised to 100,000, Anderson reraised to 235,000 from the button, Vos went all-in from the small blind, Pidun folded, Anderson called.

Analysis

The final ten players were spread at two remaining tables as they jockeyed to make a seat at the unofficial final table of nine. Anderson made an aggressive preflop play at the shorthanded table after Pidun opened, leaving Vos with an all-in or fold decision with his small pocket pair. Vos elected to move-in, players in this spot need to be aware that the resulting pot odds laid to their opponents will usually result in a call and be prepared. Anderson faced another 655,000 for the 1.3 million pot, receiving 2:1 pot odds. Anderson was quite fortunate to be in a coinflip situation with two overcards against his opponent here, normally his trashy hand would be more of a statistical underdog in a 3:2 situation. Obviously in a cash game the math would be great for Anderson, as he was receiving 2:1 on his money for a coinflip. But in this tournament structure there was a ton of upside in making the final table, with substantial jumps in payouts just ahead. Additionally, sponsorship opportunities can be a godsend for players seeking to endure the brutalities of the big buy-in tournament circuit. So while the math was great for Anderson, the threat to his chip position and the upside for making the final table argue for the fold. Anderson lost the race, and subsequently bubbled the final table with his 10th place finish, good for €56,000. Vos went on to finish in 4th, for €255,000.

 
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