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Poker Hand Matchup: Justin Bonomo vs. Stefan Schillhabel

Swords A K T 7 2

Justin Bonomo

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

Starting Stack: 430,000

K 9

65.71 %

82.32 %

90.91 %


Stefan Schillhabel

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

Starting Stack: 1,290,000

J 5

33.65 %

16.57 %

9.09 %

Posted On: Oct 17, 2017


Preflop, the final table, six-handed, with the blinds at 10,000 and 20,000 and a 20,000 ante. Schillhabel limped from the small blind and Bonomo checked his option from the big blind. On the flop Schillhabel led out for 20,000. Bonomo called. On the turn Schillhabel bet 85,000. Bonomo called. On the river Schillhabel moved all-in. Bonomo called.


The hyper-aggressive Schillhabel was brimming with confidence. The German had a previous final table in the Poker Masters series, a $299,000 score at July’s Bellagio Cup XIII, and a seven-figure 
cash at the Super High Roller bowl in June. The always dangerous Bonomo had finished fourth for $175,500 a few days earlier in one of the $50,000 buy-in events of the series. He had landed at the final table fifth in chips and was looking to create some momentum and build a stack in the fight. Schillhabel chose to limp in with a weak hand from the small blind, and Bonomo was more than happy to see a flop. On the flop Bonomo caught
 a piece with middle pair. Schillhabel tried to sell the story that he had limped in with a big hand and led out. Bonomo had an easy call. The turn changed nothing. The only way Schillhabel could win the pot was to fire bigger and pray for a fold, but Bonomo wasn’t a believer. When another blank landed on the river, Schillhabel shoved and put Bonomo’s tournament life at risk. Taking into account Schillhabel’s preflop limp and aggressive image, Bonomo slowly put the pieces together. He made a great call for the double up he had patiently been waiting for. In the end, Bonomo would never be able to catch fire and compete 
for the top prize, eventually finishing fifth for $216,000.

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