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Poker Hand Matchup: Benjamin Pollak vs. Sylvain Loosli

Swords Q J 3 7 A

Benjamin Pollak

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

Starting Stack: 13,555,000

6 6

52.8 %

8.79 %

4.55 %

Sylvain Loosli

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

Starting Stack: 8,910,000

K Q

46.68 %

91.21 %

95.45 %

Winner!

Posted On: Jan 03, 2018


Outcome

Preflop, the table was nine-handed. The blinds at 100,000 and 200,000 with a 30,000 ante. Loosli raised to 450,000 from UTG+1. Pollak called on the button. On the flop Loosli checked. Pollak bet 675,000. Loosli called. On the turn Loosli checked. Pollak bet 1,425,000. Loosli called. On the river Loosli checked. Pollak checked.

Analysis

This was the first hand at the official final table. Antoine Saout had just eliminated 2017’s hottest player and Card Player’s POY leader, Bryn Kenney. Kenney had shoved the button with K™ 3© for about three big blinds and Saout called from the big blind holding 10™ 4♠ and flopped three tens. It was the very next hand when the two French players, Loosli and Pollak clashed. There must have been some deeper meta-game or history between them as this hand unfolded. Pollak came into the final table as chip leader and Loosli held the third biggest stack. Preflop the action was standard. On the flop Loosli clearly knew that Pollak was a very aggressive opponent, and checked top pair. Pollak took the bait. Loosli checked again on the turn when a blank dropped, but there were now two flush draws out. Pollak continued to barrel and fired big. Loosli just called. The flush and an ace fell on the river and both players showed caution and checked. If Pollak had fired a third bullet, he may have very well won the pot and set the tone as table captain. But instead, Loosli pulled in a well-earned pot and assumed the chip lead.

 
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