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Poker Hand Matchup: Phil Ivey vs. Cary Katz

Swords Q Q 5 5 9

Phil Ivey

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

Starting Stack: 4,020,000

A 8

28.49 %

28.18 %

0.0 %

Cary Katz

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

Starting Stack: 8,160,000


65.96 %

71.72 %

100.0 %


Posted On: Jul 23, 2014


Preflop, with the blinds at 120,000 and 240,000 and a 40,000 ante, Katz raised to 500,000, and Ivey called in the big blind. On the flop Ivey checked, Katz bet 600,000, Ivey went all-in, and Katz called.


Ivey defended his blind with his suited Ace, flopping the flush draw on an otherwise narrow board. The repeating Queens made it much less likely his opponent held one, and he obviously expected a continuation bet from the preflop raiser. Once Katz fired, Ivey was ready for the all-in check raise semibluff, a very high expected value play as his opponent would fold the overwhelming majority of the time. Unfortunately for Ivey his opponent had the Queen, leaving him just the hearts for outs (unless the case Aces spilled out on the turn and river for a chop.) Ivey didn’t even get to enjoy a good sweat as the turn promptly filled Katz up, leaving Ivey drawing dead and eliminated out of the money. Katz continued his run into 8th place, squeaking past the bubble for a $1,306,607 cash.


over 7 years ago

Tuff deal for Mr. Ivey, he of course made all the rite decisions, unfortunately in this case this hand shows the weakness of getting all-in with a nut flush draw when it is needed to get away from this hand after the turn with some chips left for continuing in the game for another chance, remembering this is a game of "chance" partly also.

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