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Poker Hand Matchup: David Benefield vs. Erik Seidel

Swords 9 7 5 4 6

David Benefield

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

Starting Stack: 845,000

9 7

60.82 %

61.31 %

70.45 %

Erik Seidel

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

Starting Stack: 302,000

8 4

36.11 %

37.78 %

29.55 %

Winner!

Posted On: Sep 30, 2013


Outcome

Preflop, with the blinds at 8,000 and 16,000 and a 2,000 ante, Benefield called from the small blind, and Seidel checked in the big blind. On the flop Benefield bet 20,000, Seidel raised to 75,000, and Benefield went all-in. Seidel called and was all-in.

Analysis

This quiet preflop blind vs. blind hand quickly escalated into an all-in affair as Benefield’s two-pair squared off against Seidel’s combination draw to the flush and inside straight. Benefield promptly led out with a modest bet due to the coordinated straight potential of the flop, but rather than take the cheap price for his draw Seidel submitted a raise as a semibluff in position. Benefield was happy to find some resistance with his small blind special, and he quickly set Seidel all-in. Seidel decided to pursue his draw, feeling priced in with 27% of his stack already invested and with the equity of Spades and Sixes delivering him a hopeful winner. Seidel picked up a couple of new outs on the turn with bottom pair, as another Four on the river would give him winning trips. Seidel missed trips and Spades, but the river gave him the straight and a welcome double up. 2013 November Niner Benefield went on to the final table, where he finished in 5th for €208,150.

 
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