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Poker Hand Matchup: David Larson vs. Joe McKeehen

Swords A 7 4 6 9

David Larson

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

Starting Stack: 2,860,000

7 7

56.29 %

96.77 %

90.91 %


Joseph McKeehen

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

Starting Stack: 3,815,000

A 8

43.35 %

3.23 %

9.09 %

Posted On: Mar 27, 2018


Preflop, the final table three-handed, with the blinds at 60,000 and 120,000 with a 20,000 ante. Larson raised to 260,000 from the button and McKeehen called from the big blind. On the flop both Larson and McKeehen checked. On the turn McKeehen checked and Larson bet 450,000. McKeehen called. On the river McKeehen checked and Larson bet 1,000,000. McKeehen called.


With only three players remaining, Ian Steinman had taken the lead. Joseph McKeehen sat in second place with around 32 big blinds and David Larson was the short stack with 24 big blinds. Larson picked up a good hand in pocket sevens and raised from the button, and with a weak ace McKeehen defended his big blind. The flop was perfect for Larson, giving him middle set and pairing McKeehen’s ace. With a mediocre kicker, McKeehen opted to check, both controlling the size of the pot and allowing Larson to bluff. Larson checked behind and the turn brought the 6♠. McKeehen was still either way ahead or way behind and continued with a check. Larson correctly began to build the pot with his set. The 9♠ on the river completed the backdoor flush and a few straight draws, but Larson went for a strong bet of roughly two-thirds the size of the pot hoping to extract value from precisely the type of hand McKeehen held. From McKeehen’s perspective, this is simply a cooler. Top pair is just too good of a hand to fold given the action and the fact that play was three-handed. Larson climbed into second chip position after taking down the key pot, while McKeehen became the short stack.

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