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Poker Hand Matchup: David Benefield vs. Jay Farber

Swords Q T 5 J 2

David Benefield

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

Starting Stack: 8,550,000

K 2

26.73 %

15.45 %

20.45 %

Jay Farber

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

Starting Stack: 28,775,000


72.02 %

83.43 %

75.0 %


Posted On: Nov 14, 2013


Preflop, final table, eight handed, with the blinds at 250,000 and 500,000 and a 50,000 ante, JC Tran (41m) raised to 1,100,000 from the button, Benefield went all-in from the small blind, Farber called in the big blind, and Tran folded.


Benefield shoved his last 17 big blinds against a wide-ranged opening from Tran on the button, expecting his considerable fold equity to carry the play and capture the dead money in the pot. Unfortunately for him Farber woke up with a premium hand in the big blind and he was ready with the call. Farber simply called because Benefield’s opening raise had plenty of isolating power on it’s own. He didn’t feel compelled to reraise all-in himself to further isolate against Tran on the off chance that Tran also had a premium calling hand. Once Tran folded Benefield was distraught to find out he didn’t have live cards, leaving him praying for a deuce. Farber turned the nut straight, but Benefield had picked up a backdoor flush draw and was suddenly in much better shape. Benefield needed a spade for the double, but an Ace would still keep him alive with a chop. Benefield missed his outs on the river and was eliminated in 8th for $944,650. Having started the day as the short stack Benefield realized it would be an uphill battle, but his remaining opponents were still probably relieved to see one of the more experienced and dangerous players eliminated.

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