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Poker Hand Matchup: Gary Benson vs. Shaun Suller

Swords Q 9 7 Q J

Gary Benson

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

Starting Stack: 1,360,000

9 7

64.34 %

79.49 %

90.91 %

Winner!

Shaun Suller

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

Starting Stack: 3,440,000

6 5

32.75 %

20.51 %

9.09 %

Posted On: Dec 18, 2013


Outcome

Preflop, final table, four handed, with the blinds at 30,000 and 60,000 and a 10,000 ante, Benson called in the small blind, and Suller checked in the big blind. On the flop Benson checked, and Suller checked. On the turn Benson checked, Suller bet 150,000, and Benson called. On the river Benson checked, Suller bet 375,000, and Benson called.

Analysis

Benson ordered a small blind special, and was served two-pair on the flop. He tried to induce some action by checking it over to his opponent in position, but Suller checked behind with just a gutshot straight draw. The turn card wasn’t ideal for Benson, it counterfeited his hand as he was now playing Queens and Nines with a Seven kicker. This staid his aggression as he simply check-called Suller on the turn, as his hand strength was now diminished. The board got a bit uglier on the river as well. A potential flush was now available, and the Jack could have hit a semibluffing K-J or J-10. Benson knew his passive line was aimed to induce bluffs, so he was somewhat obligated to make the call even though he was not in love the board anymore. Benson was relieved at showdown, and caught a big boost to his stack due to Suller’s substantial river bet. Suller ended up in 4th, for $303,793, while Benson went on to play heads-up for the title.

 
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