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Poker Hand Matchup: Jake Schindler vs. Jean Noel Thorel

Swords K 8 3 4 K

Jake Schindler

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

Starting Stack: 15,075,000

A J

64.97 %

46.06 %

100.0 %

Winner!

Jean Noel Thorel

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

Starting Stack: 9,300,000

K 2

34.49 %

53.94 %

0.0 %

Posted On: May 02, 2018


Outcome

Preflop, five-handed, with blinds of 70,000 and 140,000 with a 140,000 big-blind ante. Schindler raised to 450,000 from the small blind and Thorel called in the big blind. On the flop Schindler bet 550,000. Thorel raised to 1,200,000. Schindler called. On the turn both players checked. On the river Schindler bet 800,000. Thorel called.

Analysis

Blind versus blind situations can be tough in no-limit hold’em tournaments. Defending the big blind with a wider range is good, but if you are facing a larger raise from super high roller regular Jake Schindler it might not be the worst idea to pass on calling with king-deuce offsuit. Jean Noel Thorel did not take that path though, and flopped top pair on an all diamond flop. Schindler fired roughly a half-pot sized bet on the flop with his nut flush draw and an overcard. Thorel should have likely just called with his top pair and non-existent kicker to control the size of the pot, but instead elected to bloat the pot with a small raise. Schindler made the call and hit the nut flush on the turn. Given that Thorel’s flop raise might indicate a hand that did not improve with a fourth diamond, Schindler checked to avoid blowing his opponent off the hand. Thorel checked behind and picked up a third king on the river. Schindler fired out a surgically precise bet of 800,000 into the pot of roughly 3.4 million. The sizing is designed to receive calls from exactly the type of hand Thorel had, and it worked. Schindler raked in the pot to increase his chip lead while Thorel lost around a quarter of his stack.

 
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