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Poker Hand Matchup: Igor Kurganov vs. Justin Bonomo

Swords T 2 2 4 6

Igor Kurganov

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

Starting Stack: 526,000

J 9

20.98 %

5.45 %

0.0 %

Justin Bonomo

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

Starting Stack: 722,000


78.69 %

94.55 %

100.0 %


Posted On: Feb 26, 2014


Preflop, with the blinds at 10,000 and 20,000 and a 2,000 ante, Bonomo raised to 45,000 from the button, Kurganov reraised all-in for 524,000 from the small blind, and Bonomo called.


Immediately after Kurganov doubled up through Isaac Haxton in a blind vs. button confrontation, Kurganov once again moved all-in over a button raise. Because the tournament’s structure was essentially a turbo, Kurganov adopted a turbo strategy. Sometimes we see a bit of a jet lag effect when players are fresh off a double up, sometimes they carry the urgency of their previous short stack for a few hands until they acclimate to their new chip position. Other times high on adrenaline they try to force a rush. But in this case Kurganov, a veteran of high stakes tournaments, truly believed his shove had a great chance of getting past Bonomo, an active player who had raised from the button and who would be disinclined to call Kurganov’s 26 big blind shove with something other than a premium hand. Kurganov tried to make the play, but he was caught. Kurganov had the right kind of hand to crack Aces, but Bonomo caught a safe board and had Kurganov dead on the turn. Bonomo captured the chip lead on the hand, but unfortunately he was unable to make it into the money in this volatile event.

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