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Poker Hand Matchup: John Kabbaj vs. Phil Ivey

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John Kabbaj

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

Starting Stack: 1,050,000


56.65 %

75.96 %

86.36 %


Phil Ivey

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

Starting Stack: 330,000


42.95 %

24.04 %

13.64 %

Posted On: Aug 20, 2014


Preflop, with the blinds at 4,000 and 8,000 and a 1,000 ante, Kabbaj raised to 20,000 from under the gun, Ivey reraised to 55,000 from late position, and Kabbaj called. On the flop Kabbaj checked and Ivey checked. On the turn Kabbaj bet 80,000, Ivey went all-in and Kabbaj called.


There was quite a buzz during the earlier stages of this year’s main event, as Ivey finished up day 2 as the overall chipleader and appeared poised to make another deep run. However late on day 4, Ivey’s run came to an abrupt halt during this hand. Ivey submitted a standard three-bet with a premium hand in position, but Kabbaj absorbed the bet with his high pocket pair and a 3:1 chip advantage. Kabbaj avoided dreaded overcards on the flop, but rather than try to protect his hand by leading out he checked it over to the preflop aggressor. Ivey declined to bet and Kabbaj didn’t want to offer any more free cards after the turn, setting out a nicely sized bet that might have seemed like a stab at the pot to his gifted opponent. Ivey may have discounted the possibility that Kabbaj held a pocket pair due to the fact that Kabbaj checked the flop, suspecting a pocket pair would have been inclined to bet that board especially with Kabbaj’s chip position. Ivey likely put his opponent on something like Ace-x or K-Q, and thought that his opponent would probably fold or at worst call hoping for a chop with the two pair on board and an Ace kicker. But this was no freeroll to a chop for Ivey, his opponent had set him up nicely by taking a non standard line on the flop. Ivey busted in 430rd for $25,756, while Kabbaj ended up in 179th for $44,728.

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