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Poker Hand Matchup: Sam Trickett vs. Igor Kurganov

Swords J 9 7 4 T

Sam Trickett

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

Starting Stack: 8,965,000

9 8

21.4 %

35.86 %

20.45 %


Igor Kurganov

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

Starting Stack: 1,475,000


78.27 %

64.14 %

79.55 %

Posted On: Jul 09, 2014


Preflop, with the blinds at 12,000 and 24,000 and a 4,000 ante, Trickett raised to 60,000 from early position, Kurganov reraised to 165,000 from early position, Trickett reraised to 270,000, and Kurganov called. On the flop Trickett bet 360,000, Kurganov went all-in, and Trickett called.


Trickett had enjoyed a fantastic start to his tournament, clearly feeling his oats here as he submitted a four bet with Nine-high. The play was extremely aggressive bordering on spewy as he was out of position against one of the best high-roller tournament players out there and his opponent had three-bet him from early position. Trickett caught a great flop for his hand, making second pair in addition to the inside straight draw, as well as the thin backdoor draw to Hearts. Trickett led out, and Kurganov deliberated for some time. Kurganov decided to move in rather than offer any free cards, and Trickett called him immediately. Trickett’s equity, the pot odds, and the comfortable chip lead he held made for a quick decision. Trickett had 9 outs for his combo draw to two-pair, trips, and the straight draw. Kurganov held on the turn but his sweat ended in disappointment as Trickett sucked out to the straight on the river. Trickett scored another gutterball to stack an opponent on Day One, and continued to extend his chip lead.

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