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Poker Hand Matchup: Vitaly Lunkin vs. Steve O'Dwyer

Swords Q J 4 6 2

Vitaly Lunkin

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

Starting Stack: 4,380,000


64.83 %

83.13 %

88.64 %


Steve O'Dwyer

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

Starting Stack: 3,640,000

J 8

34.25 %

16.87 %

11.36 %

Posted On: Sep 30, 2013


Preflop, final table, three handed, with the blinds at 60,000 and 120,000 and a 20,000 ante, O’Dwyer raised to 260,000 from the button, and Lunkin called in the big blind. On the flop Lunkin checked, and O’Dwyer checked. On the turn Lunkin bet 280,000, and O’Dwyer called. On the river Lunkin bet 500,000, and O’Dwyer called.


Lunkin submitted a nice check on the flop, somewhat disguising his top pair from the preflop raiser. O’Dwyer practiced misdirection on the flop as well, checking behind with his trailing second pair. Lunkin began to build a pot on the turn which O’Dwyer was bound to call due to the promising showdown value of his hand and his previous play on the flop. Lunkin went for value on the river, betting just under half of the pot with the Queens. O’Dwyer could beat the bluffs, busted draws, and defensive bets from the middle pairs, and he realized his check on the flop might have induced a series of bluffs from Lunkin, so he called. Lunkin’s thoughtful check on the flop helped set the stage for the payoff, but in a three handed dogfight players can be hard pressed to get away from second pair even in more contested situations. O’Dwyer was subsequently eliminated in 3rd for €355,100.

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