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Poker Hand Matchup: Chino Rheem vs. Scott Wellenbach

Swords K 9 7 3

Chino Rheem

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

Starting Stack: 10,690,000


62.11 %

53.54 %

72.73 %


Scott Wellenbach

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

Starting Stack: 3,220,000

J 6

37.04 %

45.56 %

27.27 %

Posted On: Feb 06, 2019


Preflop, five-handed action at the final table with blinds of 60,000-120,000 with a 120,000 big-blind ante. Chino Rheem raised to 275,000 from the cutoff. Wellenbach called from the big blind. On the flop Wellenbach checked. Rheem bet 400,000. Wellenbach called. On the turn Wellenbach checked. Rheem bet 800,000. Wellenbach folded.


In tournament poker the continuation bet has become nearly an automatic play for the preflop raiser, especially when the initial raiser is in position and their opponent has checked to them. The continuation bettor not only has the edge of knowing that their opponent checked, they also usually have a stronger perceived range as the player making the more aggressive move preflop. They use these advantages to try to leverage the fact that often times neither player has much on the flop in a heads-up situation, betting in the hopes of just taking down the pot right away. With how pervasive continuation betting is, players have had to develop ways to combat the powerful move. Sometimes simply calling a continuation bet is enough to freeze the initial raiser, allowing you to take down the pot on later streets. This works particularly well if you think your opponent is just going through the motions on the flop and isn’t all that likely to follow up their flop bet unless they have something. Against more aggressive opponents, who are more likely to fire a second barrel on the turn regardless of the strength of their hand, it can be better to raise the flop. In this hand Scott Wellenbach was the shortest of five players remaining with just under 27 big blinds, which can be an awkward stack size for post-flop play. He defended his big blind against a cutoff raise from runaway chip leader Chino Rheem and picked up a flush draw on the flop. Rheem bet 400,000 into a pot of 730,000. Wellenbach wasn’t deep enough to make a standard raise on the flop, but could have put maximum pressure on Rheem by moving all-in. Instead he flat called, leaving himself with just more than 2.4 million in his stack as the pot grew to over 1.5 million heading into the turn. The turn was a blank and Wellenbach checked, setting up an easy second barrel for Rheem. The bet drew a fold from Wellenbach to increase Rheem’s stack to over 11.5 million. Wellenbach went on to finish third for $671,240, which the Canadian translator of Buddhist texts committed to donating to charity.

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