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Poker Hand Matchup: Mark Radoja vs. Steffen Sontheimer

Swords T 4 2 4 8

Mark Radoja

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

Starting Stack: 378,000

6 4

40.24 %

24.44 %

95.45 %


Steffen Sontheimer

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

Starting Stack: 240,000


59.33 %

75.56 %

4.55 %

Posted On: Jun 22, 2017


Preflop, with the blinds at 4,000 and 8,000 and a 1,000 ante, Sontheimer raised to 18,000 from under the gun, and Radoja called in the big blind. On the flop Radoja checked, Sontheimer bet 15,000, and Radoja called. On the turn Radoja bet 32,000, Sontheimer raised to 70,000, Radoja reraised to 108,000, Sontheimer went all-in, and Radoja called.


At this point of the tournament there were two tables left, with seven players per table. The money bubble had recently burst for the field of 102 teams, and the final table was approaching. Sontheimer sized out a small bet on the flop with his top pair, top kicker holding, betting less than 1/3 of the pot. This was an easy check-call for Radoja, who flopped second pair. Radoja binked the turn, now leading out with his trips. This was really a good spot for Sontheimer to flat call for a number of reasons. Pot control, and the misdirection of somewhat under representing his hand were compelling reasons, but the most obvious was that the Four was hardly a blank. Sontheimer buried himself when he decided to raise, and this was hardly a tricky spot. The lead out bet after the repeater would be enough to alert many players, but Radoja made things even more explicit with his reraise to 108,000. At this point Sontheimer saw his showdown value and remembered he had underrepresented his hand on the flop, so he went with the all-in, hoping to see something like King-Ten from Radoja. Once again we see a sort of fundamental mistake, a habit of suddenly making a huge pot when it was tracking nicely to be a medium one. The exculpatory elements of Radoja’s chip lead which might prompt an aggressive move, Sontheimer’s showdown value, and the fact that Sontheimer might have teed up this reaction from his opponent after betting so small on the flop were potentially discussed by his teammates David Williams and Rainer Kempe. Out in 14th, they split up the $14,783 min-cash.


6 months ago

I feel like Sonthiemer was betting his only instead of taking in the information being given by his opponent...This is my biggest issue with poker.

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