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Poker Hand Matchup: Roman Herold vs. Robert Haigh

Swords J 7 6 7 9

Julian Thomas

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

Starting Stack: 2,570,000

A 5

9.45 %

6.31 %

0.0 %

Robert Haigh

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

Starting Stack: 5,210,000

A Q

22.78 %

9.3 %

4.76 %

Roman Herold

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

Starting Stack: 850,000

K K

66.43 %

84.39 %

95.24 %

Winner!

Posted On: May 13, 2013


Outcome

Final table, seven handed, with the blinds at 80,000 and 160,000 and a 20,000 ante, Herold went all-in from the button, Thomas reraised all-in from the small blind, Haigh called in the big blind.

Analysis

Herold picked up Kings at a great time, struggling with just 5 big blinds on the button. His opponents would reasonably expect him to open shove with any two cards at this point. Thomas was very unfortunate to wake up with an Ace in this spot, not only did Herold have him dominated for a third of his stack but Haigh also had him dominated and well covered in the big blind. When Thomas attempted to isolate with his all-in he was probably not expecting a quick overcall from Haigh behind him. This highlights the risk of isolation plays, some of which are mounted unnecessarily where a flat call would more than suffice particularly if the opening all-in still has a substantial chip position that would discourage overcalls. Herold must have been pleased to know that there were only two Aces left in the deck, and his Kings held for the triple-up. Thomas lost the massive side pot to Haigh, and was eliminated in 7th for €110,000. Herold was subsequently eliminated in 6th for €155,000, while Haigh went on to face Daniel Pudin heads-up for the title.

 
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