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Poker Hand Matchup: Dominik Nitsche vs. Athanasios Polychronopoulos

Swords 7 5 5 8 2

Dominik Nitsche

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

Starting Stack: 1,700,000

K 7

54.67 %

76.26 %

77.27 %

Winner!

Athanasios Polychronopoulos

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

Starting Stack: 2,080,000

J T

44.61 %

23.74 %

22.73 %

Posted On: May 29, 2014


Outcome

Preflop, final table, heads-up, with the blinds at 15,000 and 30,000 and a 5,000 ante, Polychronopoulos raised to 70,000 from the button and Nitsche called. On the flop Nitsche checked, Polychronopoulos bet 100,000, and Nitsche called. On the turn Nitsche bet 185,000, Polychronopoulos raised to 420,000 and Nitsche called. On the river Nitsche checked, Polychronopoulos bet 300,000 and Nitsche called.

Analysis

The final two contestants had navigated a difficult field of the top circuit performers from the season who earned a freeroll into the event, as well as WSOP player of the year point leaders who had the option to enter the tournament for a $10,000 buy-in. Nitsche took a somewhat passive line on the flop, check-calling with his winning second pair. Polychronopoulos picked up a gutshot straight draw on the turn to go along with his overcards to the flop, and he made a very aggressive bluff-raise after Nitsche led out with a bet designed to prohibit such antics. At this point the pot was getting large, but Nitsche dug in and made the nice call. Polychronopoulos missed his outs on the river, and tried to mimic a value bet with his final bluff. The bet sizing made it appear as though he wasn’t afraid to get a call, but also it was the cheapest way for him to buy the pot at this point. This bet might get a fold from something like Ah-Xh that would otherwise win if Polychronopoulos checked behind on the river. The chip lead changed hands a number of times while heads-up, but Nitsche clinched the title, his second bracelet, and $352,800 when he later won the match. Polychronopoulos earned $218,056 for his runner up finish.

 
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