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Poker Hand Matchup: Martin Zamani vs. David Peters

Swords K J 6 6 T

Martin Zamani

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

Starting Stack: 765,000

6 4

25.33 %

9.49 %

6.82 %

David Peters

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

Starting Stack: 480,000

Q 6

69.89 %

73.13 %

70.45 %


Posted On: Mar 06, 2019


Preflop, with nine players remaining and blinds of 10,000-20,000 with a big-blind ante of 20,000, Martin Zamani limped in from the small blind. David Peters checked from the big blind. On the flop Zamani checked. Peters checked. On the turn Zamani bet 40,000. Peters called. On the river Zamani bet 145,000. Peters raised to 395,000. Zamani called.


Getting maximum value from your strong hands is crucial to being a winning poker player. Living in fear of the monster under the bed can be horrible for your bottom line if you let that fear drive you to leave value on the table. In this hand, 2016 Card Player Player of the Year award winner David Peters takes advantage of a bit of a cooler situation to nearly double his stack. At the start of the hand Peters was one of the shortest stacks of the nine remaining players, with four eliminations still needed before the money bubble burst. Martin Zamani elected to limp in from the small blind with 6-4 offsuit, taking a weak hand into a heads-up pot, out of position against arguably one of tournament poker’s most accomplished players. Peters checked his option and both players flopped bottom pair, with Peters holding the superior kicker. With this middling showdown value, both likely decided their hand was too good to turn into a bluff at this point, but not strong enough to value bet. When the turn brought a third six for both players Zamani made a bet of two-thirds the size of the pot. Peters flat called, which would help keep as many bluffs and weaker value hands in Zamani’s range as possible. Zamani fired an over bet 145,000 into the 140,000 pot. Peters likely ruled out a lot of the very strongest value hands that Zamani might hold. Since he limped in from the small blind and checked the flop, it just isn’t all that likely that he has something like pocket kings, jacks, tens, or A-Q. Peters’ queen kicker with his trips is the second best possible, and the likelihood that Zamani has A-6 is also lessened given that he limped in. Peters raised to 395,000 to extract value with his strong hand and Zamani made the call, only to find that he was outkicked. Peters climbed to third in chips after the hand, while Zamani crashed down the leaderboard.

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