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Poker Hand Matchup: Ludovic Lacay vs. Gereon Sowa

Swords T 7 4 2 5

Ludovic Lacay

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

Starting Stack: 445,000

A T

65.4 %

62.63 %

77.27 %

Winner!

Gereon Sowa

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

Starting Stack: 141,000

A 2

23.7 %

37.37 %

22.73 %

Posted On: Nov 14, 2013


Outcome

Preflop, with the blinds at 1,500 and 3,000 and a 500 ante, Patrick Schuhl raised to 6,500 from the hijack seat, David Peters called in the cutoff seat, Sowa reraised to 19,500 from the button, Lacay reraised to 43,000 from the big blind, Schuhl folded, Peters folded, Sowa went all-in, and Lacay called.

Analysis

This hand illustrates some preflop dynamics between late position openers and aggressive opponents in the blinds. Sowa woke up on the button with a weak Ace and with a raise and a flat call in from of him. Sowa decided this was a nice scenario for a squeeze play, so he reraised the action to 6.5 times the blinds. He realized Schuhl could have opened with a very wide range of hands, and that Peters was probably marginal since he only flat called Schuhl instead of reraising. Lacay surmised Sowa was squeezing, and put in an aggressive reraise of his own. With the action back on Sowa, he realized Lacay was just the type of player who would recognize the squeeze play and mount a “resqueeze” of his own, so Sowa doubled down, hoping his stack could carry enough fold equity to get the fastball past Lacay. Lacay faced 97,500 more for the pot of 202,000, so these 2:1 odds along with Lacays substantial chip lead certainly lent a great deal of risk to the play. But Sowa was banking on the theory that the four-bet was just a move from Lacay. Lacay realized he could have been dominated, but the pot odds and his chip lead led him to the call. Lacay paired up on the flop and faded his opponent’s nut flush draw, capturing the chip lead on the hand. Lacay extended his run into 24th, for €23,750.

 
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