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Poker Hand Matchup: Byron Kaverman vs. Farid Jattin

Swords T T 7 3 T

Byron Kaverman

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

Starting Stack: 1,090,000

8 9

39.95 %

49.09 %

29.55 %

Farid Jattin

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

Starting Stack: 4,940,000


59.59 %

50.0 %

70.45 %


Posted On: Feb 05, 2014


Preflop, with the blinds at 15,000 and 30,000 and a 4,000 ante, Kaverman raised to 65,000 from under the gun, and Jattin called in late position. On the flop Kaverman bet 77,000, Jattin raised to 256,000, Kaverman reraised to 439,000, Jattin went all-in, and Kaverman called.


Jattin and Kaverman probably used the same line of logic as they raised and reraised each other on the flop. The difference was Jattin was the chipleader at the time, and the takeaway is to show up with a hand when tangling all-in with the chipleader. Since chipleaders can afford to call and bust you, use confrontations with them as an opportunity to exploit their widened range, not as a spot to run a hero play or pot commit yourself with a loser. The flop was friendly enough for Kalverman as it gave him the open ended straight draw, but Jattin used a position play after Kaverman led out with the semibluff. Kaverman suspected his opponent would never raise with the Ten there, so he invested almost half of his stack with a courageous reraise. This play would have worked against so many opponents, but Jattin probably surmised Kaverman would never reraise with a Ten in this spot, just as his opponent had likely reasoned moments earlier. These two maniacs were both right, but Kaverman now faced a tournament life decision. A fold here would have left him with 19 big blinds, which was still a very live stack. A Jack might not have been a clean out for Kaverman, as they are often played with the Ten so even if he made a straight he might lose to a boat. Kaverman wanted to wield a big stack though and felt priced into the call. Incredibly, Jattin only had one blocker to the straight draw, no Ten and no overpair, so the Eights and Nines were viable outs for Kaverman if he could also fade Jattin’s Ace. Kaverman missed his outs however, and busted in 21st for $17,357.

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