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Poker Hand Matchup: Jean-Robert Bellande vs. Dean Lyall

Swords 8 7 4 7 6

Jean-Robert Bellande

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

Starting Stack: 9,050,000


45.81 %

37.88 %

38.64 %

Dean Lyall

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

Starting Stack: 3,400,000

A 4

53.71 %

60.71 %

61.36 %


Posted On: Jul 11, 2018


Preflop, three handed with blinds of 50,000-100,000 with an ante of 15,000. Bellande raised to 225,000 from the button. Lyall raised to 650,000 from the small blind. Bellande called. On the flop Lyall checked. Bellande checked. On the turn Lyall bet 350,000. Bellande called. On the river Lyall checked. Bellande bet 500,000. Lyall called.


Jean-Robert Bellande had the chip lead, and had just popped a bottle of wine that he casually mentioned might have cost more than the $5,000 buy-in for this event. It was safe to say Bellande was feeling loose and relaxed. Given that context, it made sense that Lyall might want to three-bet Bellande’s button open, which could have been made with all manner of starting hands. Bellande’s hand turned out to be quite playable with two suited and connected Broadway cards. He flopped a gutshot draw and overcards, and then picked up a flush draw to go with it on the turn. With only one card coming, he opted to just call with all of his outs when Lyall bet the turn. The river brought four cards to a straight on the board, but Bellande had not improved. With just jack high on the river, it made sense for him to try to bluff his way to the win in this one, hoping to make ace highs and some weaker pairs fold. From Lyall’s perspective, though, it looked an awful lot like what it was: a missed draw trying to take it down on the river. Given that he bet roughly one-quarter of the pot, Lyall was getting laid approximately 5:1 to make the call. He ended up doing just that, and won the sizable pot to put a dent in Bellande’s stack.

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