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Poker Hand Matchup: David Paredes vs. Anthony Merulla

Swords 8 4 4 T 9

David Paredes

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

Starting Stack: 25,550,000

K 2

24.93 %

10.61 %

6.82 %

Anthony Merulla

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

Starting Stack: 11,125,000


73.71 %

87.98 %

93.18 %


Posted On: Feb 05, 2014


Preflop, final table, heads-up, with the blinds at 150,000 and 300,000 and a 50,000 ante, Merulla raised to 600,000 from the button, Paredes reraised to 1,500,000, Merulla reraised to 2,600,000, Paredes went all-in, and Merulla called and was all-in.


Merulla’s preflop four-bet consisted of 23% of his stack, this substantial investment indicated strength. If Merulla was marginal and wanted to proceed he would probably have just called Paredes’ three bet with the advantage of position, rather than four-bet and risk giving his opponent an opportunity to reopen the betting. Based on these circumstances this was probably not the best spot for Paredes to run a five-bet bluff. Paredes had been playing a very solid heads-up match but this hand cost him dearly, he lost his better than 2:1 chip lead and had abandoned his previous strategy of picking up pots post flop which had been serving him so well up to this point. Paredes was able to retake the lead, but Merulla fought back and eventually won the title and $842,379. Paredes just missed capturing his first major, but earned $499,549 for his runner up finish.

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