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Poker Hand Matchup: Jean-Robert Bellande vs. Andrew Graham

Swords 6 6 4 J T

Jean-Robert Bellande

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

Starting Stack: 6,680,000

Q 5

36.05 %

25.35 %

9.09 %

Andrew Graham

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

Starting Stack: 3,225,000

K 9

63.26 %

72.53 %

90.91 %


Posted On: Jul 11, 2018


Preflop, three handed with blinds of 40,000-80,000 with an ante of 10,000. Andrew Graham limped in from the small blind. Jean-Robert Bellande checked. On the flop Graham checked. Bellande bet 80,000. Graham called. On the turn Graham checked. Bellande bet 250,000. Graham called. On the river Graham bet 375,000. Bellande raised to 1,375,000. Graham called.


Andrew Graham finds himself in a very interesting situation on the river in this hand. He elected to just limp in with the relatively strong king-nine offsuit from the small blind and then check-call to the aggression from chip leader Jean-Robert Bellande on the flop. With a paired board, his king high will be the best hand some of the time, and he also had the king of spades for a backdoor flush draw. The turn brought him one step closer to making the flush, and again he check called. The river completed Graham’s king high flush and he decided to bet it for value. Bellande, who had been the aggressor on the flop and turn, elected to put Graham to the test by raising him a million. He is getting laid around 2.5:1 on making the call, but he essentially has just a bluff catcher with four spades and a pair on the board. Bellande has a polarized range, and will either have the nut flush or a full house or a bluff. He likely would not play an inferior flush like a bare Q♠ in his hand in this way. In the end Graham elected to make the call, perhaps thinking that he had made himself look weak by leading the river. After the hand the final three players were all close on the leaderboard.

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