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Poker Hand Matchup: Ramon Colillas vs. Julien Martini

Swords K K 4 7 9

Ramon Colillas

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

Starting Stack: 46,200,000


60.21 %

70.91 %

77.27 %


Julien Martini

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

Starting Stack: 14,950,000

6 3

39.35 %

28.18 %

22.73 %

Posted On: Jan 23, 2019


Preflop, two players remained at the final table with blinds of 300,000-600,000 with a big-blind ante of 600,000. Ramon Colillas raised to 1,300,000 from the button. Julien Martini called from the big blind. On the flop Martini checked. Colillas bet 700,000. Martini called. On the turn Martini checked. Colillas checked. On the river Martini bet 5,200,000. Colillas called.


Julien Martini spent much of the final table of the PSPC as the front-runner for the title. He scored the first knockout of the day, beating Talal Shakerchi’s pocket aces with A♠ Q♠ by making a flush on the river. It seemed like he might never look back from there, but his momentum took a massive hit during heads-up play. Martini lost a massive hand, having flopped a flush in a raised pot, only to lose to Ramon Colillas’ runner-runner full house. Colillas doubled into the lead after that hand and Martini found himself at roughly a 3:1 chip disadvantage after leading for several hours. The French poker pro likely wanted to regain the lead as quick as he could, and in this hand, he made some interesting decisions that ended up costing him another chunk of his stack. While the 6-3 suited is not the strongest hand, it made sense for Martini to defend his big blind while getting a good price against a wide button range. A paired flop is a fantastic candidate for a continuation bet from the preflop raiser, so it is understandable that Martini elected to float with his backdoor flush draw with the intention of possibly taking the pot away on a latter street. The turn brought a third heart and both players checked. Martini, having seen Colillas check back the turn, decided to now fire an overbet of 5.2 million into the pot of 4.6 million. The overbet is polarizing, as he is less likely to have a hand like top pair given the line and instead is more weighted to bluffs that can’t win at showdown and flushes. Perhaps figuring that Martini would have played a flush draw faster on the flop, Colillas made the call with just ace high and was good. Martini fell to just 12 big blinds after the hand. He was eliminated in second place just 11 hands later. He earned $2,974,000 as the second-place finisher.

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