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Poker Hand Matchup: Ryan Fee vs. Vanessa Selbst

Swords T 9 4 2 2

Ryan Fee

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

Starting Stack: 300,000


63.86 %

27.37 %

13.64 %

Vanessa Selbst

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

Starting Stack: 1,675,000

9 8

35.73 %

72.63 %

86.36 %


Posted On: Jun 11, 2014


Preflop, four handed, with the blinds at 8,000 and 16,000 and a 2,000 ante, Selbst raised to 35,000 from the button, Fee reraised to 85,000 from the big blind, Selbst went all-in, and Fee called and was all-in.


On Day Three of this unique tournament play proceeded four-handed, pared down from six handed play on Day Two and nine-handed play on Day One. This lent a great deal of volatility to play and rapid eliminations followed. Fee’s preflop reraise laid Selbst a call of 50,000 for the pot of 136,000, giving her 2.7 : 1 on her money. With position and a mound of chips, it was a bet she could have afforded to call. Fee could have avoided a scenario where he was playing out of position to an aggressive and deep stacked opponent by simply moving in preflop – reducing Selbst’s calling range to weaker Aces, pocket pairs, or possibly dominated Kings like K-Q. In spite of the fact that Selbst had just witnessed her opponent betting 28% of his stack preflop, she decided to try to force a fold with a bit of a hero play. Perhaps she expected an opponent with 18 big blinds to move all-in preflop with the top of his range, and therefore thought there was some chance she could get a fold with this move. Usually players do not come off their hands after putting one quarter to one third of their stacks in preflop, but Selbst went for the play anyway. While both players could have done some things differently before the flop, ultimately Fee’s Big Slick failed him as Selbst hit second pair on the flop, and unable to redraw, Fee was eliminated in 7th for $112,752.

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