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Poker Hand Matchup: Byron Kaverman vs. Keven Stammen

Swords Q 9 6 3 A

Byron Kaverman

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

Starting Stack: 3,180,000

4 4

54.0 %

68.48 %

86.36 %

Keven Stammen

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

Starting Stack: 13,230,000

A 8

45.51 %

31.52 %

13.64 %


Posted On: May 05, 2014


Preflop, final table, heads-up, with the blinds at 100,000 and 200,000 and a 25,000 ante, Stammen called on the button, Kaverman went all-in, and Stammen called.


Stammen set a little limp-trap with his Ace on the button, hoping to incite his opponent to make a preflop move while trailing. Sometimes this move will result in having your opponent all-in while you are a 3:2 favorite. Alternatively sometimes it is just better to maul your opponents chip position when your opponent is short stacked, in this case an all-in from Stammen might have earned the 350,000 preflop pot had Kaverman been willing to fold his baby pocket pair. Kaverman may well have been prepared to call it off with his pair at this point, but there are many potential holdings Kaverman would have folded had Stammen moved all-in, and some number of those holdings he might have moved all-in with after a limp from Stammen. There’s a certain chip position your short stacked opponent will have where you may be better off just stealing their blind rather than hoping for a limp trap as a 3:2 favorite. In any case this heads up match ended as many do with a flip between Ace-X and a pocket pair. Kaverman was looking good to double up, but a dramatic Ace on the river ended his tournament as runner up for $727,860. With a bracelet already under his belt from a 2009 WSOP event, Stammen scored his first WPT title and $1,350,000.


over 7 years ago

I don't understand, how the flop could have such high odds in favour of such a small pair like two 4's? All three cards are higher than 4 and other player could have another of cards of the flop. I hope, that I am clear?


over 7 years ago

Julia, I believe the odds are based on the actual cards, not any two as for example some simple HUD software hand rep layers do.

with two uncoordinated cards giving only six outs to top pair plus only back door straight and flush draws you A8o was still way behind a pair post flop

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