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Poker Hand Matchup: Alessandro Longobardi vs. Cliff Josephy

Swords 8 6 6 T 8

Alessandro Longobardi

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

Starting Stack: 219,000


60.79 %

23.23 %

13.64 %

Cliff Josephy

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

Starting Stack: 2,039,000

T 8

38.73 %

76.77 %

86.36 %


Posted On: Jun 29, 2013


Final table, five handed, with the blinds at 10,000 and 20,000 and a 3,000 ante, Steven Silverman (970,000) raised to 40,000 from under the gun, Josephy called on the button, Longobardi went all-in from the small blind, Silverman folded, and Josephy called.


Position is often celebrated for it’s obvious post flop benefits, this hand illustrates it’s preflop advantages after some three way action. If Silverman were behind Josephy in this hand, Josephy likely would have had to fold once Longobardi shoved, for fear of a deep stacked opponent behind him. However once Silverman folded here, Josephy only had to do some simple math in a heads-up pot. Josephy realized he faced another 176,000 for the 331,000 pot, approaching 2:1 odds on a call. Aside from these attractive odds Josephy also held a substantial chip lead, which he would retain if he were to call and lose the hand. With a 2:1 chip lead over the runner in 2nd place, Josephy went for the elimination with limited downside and enjoyed live hole cards. Longobardi could only watch as Big Slick failed him and his opponent’s hand continued to improve on each street until Josephy finally rivered a full house. Longobardi earned $68,613 for his 5th place finish.

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