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Poker Hand Matchup: Shaun Deeb vs. Jake Schindler

Swords K J 3 A 5

Shaun Deeb

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

Starting Stack: 3,350,000

A 8

57.73 %

14.55 %

79.55 %

Winner!

Jake Schindler

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

Starting Stack: 6,650,000

Q J

41.71 %

85.45 %

20.45 %

Posted On: Aug 22, 2018


Outcome

Preflop, three players remain with blinds of 50,000-75,000 with a big-blind ante of 75,000. Shaun Deeb raised to 175,000 from the button. Jake Schindler three-bet to 650,000 from the big blind. Deeb called. On the flop Schindler checked. Deeb bet 425,000. Schindler called. On the turn Schindler checked. Deeb checked. On the river Schindler checked. Deeb moved all-in for 2,275,000. Schindler called.

Analysis

Jake Schindler decided to three-bet Shaun Deeb’s button raise with queen-jack suited, a hand that has a lot of playability postflop, and some might argue that because of that you wouldn’t want to risk getting four-bet and having to fold preflop. On the other hand, Deeb’s button raising range should be quite wide. That means that Schindler’s re-raise will end up taking down the pot right then and there fairly often, and when he does get called his hand plays well on a variety of flops. Schindler does flop the best hand, but given that this is a three-bet pot, he elected to go into check-call mode. Deeb continuation bets the flop with backdoor clubs and then turns top pair to take the lead. With newfound showdown value Deeb joined Schindler in looking to control the size of the pot on the turn. The river brought what should likely be a safe card and Schindler checked for a third time. Deeb, with roughly one pot sized bet in his stack, elects to go for the home run and moved all-in. Schindler held only third pair, but Deeb’s shove likely made his range look polarized to bluffs or very strong hands. In this instance Deeb had merged his ranges, making a bet with a hand that ended up in a grey area that could go either way between being a thin value bet or a bluff. In this case, with a mediocre eight kicker, Deeb’s shove might have been able to draw some folds from better hands like ace-ten who believed he was shoving for value. He will also sometimes get called by even weaker hands who think he is bluffing, like Schindler did in this case. Range merging makes one tougher to play against, and can be a useful tactic when playing tough opponents.

 
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