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Poker Hand Matchup: Chino Rheem vs. Pavel Veksler

Swords 9 6 5 Q A

Chino Rheem

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

Starting Stack: 13,230,000

9 5

38.94 %

17.47 %

9.09 %

Pavel Veksler

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

Starting Stack: 4,110,000

K 4

60.37 %

82.42 %

90.91 %


Posted On: Feb 06, 2019


Preflop, five-handed action at the final table with blinds of 50,000-100,000 with a 100,000 big-blind ante. Chino Rheem limped in from the small blind. Pavel Veksler checked his option from the big blind. On the flop Rheem bet 150,000. Veksler called. On the turn Rheem bet 425,000. Veksler raised to 1,100,000. Rheem called. On the river Rheem checked. Veksler moved all-in for 2,660,000. Rheem folded.


With five players remaining in the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $10,300 no-limit hold’em main event, Chino Rheem was starting to run away with things. He began this hand with over 13.2 million in chips, more than three times as many as the second largest stack in Pavel Veksler. As an aggressive player with the lead, Rheem was perfectly situated to put tons of pressure on the medium stacks in order to pick up more than his fair share of pots. Veksler, on the other hand, should likely be treading carefully as it would be a disaster for him to bust out to the only player that had him covered in a marginal spot. In this hand Rheem hit two pair on an all-spade flop after limping in with the unappetizing 9-5 offsuit. Veksler had checked back the playable K♠ 4♠ and flopped the king-high flush. Rheem lead out with two pair, likely figuring that Veksler could call with a lot of worse hands that included flush draws. Veksler just called, not wanting to dissuade Rheem from firing a second bullet. The turn was a relative blank and Chino bet about two-thirds the size of the pot. At this point Veksler raised, likely trying to set up an all-in move on the river if Rheem decided to call. Rheem made the call, perhaps thinking he could be up against a pair and a flush draw or the bare A♠ that was looking to take down the pot right there. Rheem checked after the A™ completed the board and Veksler moved all-in for just under a pot-sized bet. Rheem correctly realized that he could only beat a bluff, saying as much out loud as he debated what to do. He had to factor in that Veksler, as the second largest stack, would be less likely than normal to make a move in this spot without a very strong hand, simply because there is so much money to be made by outlasting the shorter stacks, with a $106,560 pay increase for surviving to the top five. Rheem ultimately made the correct fold, while Veksler took down the sizable pot with his well-played flush.

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