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Poker Hand Matchup: Jason Koon vs. Timothy Adams

Swords 8 5 2 2 3

Jason Koon

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

Starting Stack: 748,000

6 5

39.13 %

76.26 %

86.36 %


Timothy Adams

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

Starting Stack: 391,000


59.94 %

23.74 %

13.64 %

Posted On: Apr 06, 2020


Preflop, with 27 players remaining and blinds of 2,500-5,000 with a 5,000 big blind ante, Jason Koon raised to 12,000 from the button. Tim Adams three-bet to 40,000 from the small blind. Koon called. On the flop Adams bet 50,000. Koon called. On the turn Adams bet 125,000. Koon called. On the river Adams moved all-in for 176,000. Koon folded.


Two of the top tournament poker players in the world, with more than $55 million in live tournament earnings between them, clashed in this wild hand that saw a massive pot won by a river shove with just queen high. Jason Koon has more than $30 million in career cashes and was the largest stack in the tournament when the cards were dealt. It folded to him on the button and he raised with 6-5 suited. World Series of Poker bracelet winner Tim Adams picked up Q-J offsuit in the small blind and elected to three-bet. Koon made the call and flopped middle pair. Adams backed up his preflop aggression with a bet of 50,000 into the pot of 90,000. Koon made the call and the 2© turn paired the board. Adams now sat with just over 300,000 in his stack, while the pot had ballooned to 190,000. Given the stack-to-pot ratio, Adams likely felt like the turn was the street on which he would have to decide whether or not to go with his bluff or give up and preserve his stack. With no real showdown value or draw to speak of, Adams staked his tournament life on selling a strong hand. He bet 125,000 on the turn, which Koon called, and then shoved the river for 176,000 when the 3® completed the club flush draw from the flop. Koon went deep into the tank. “It’s real easy just to have the king of clubs with a queen,” said Koon as he debated making the huge call to catch Adams’ bluff. Koon seemed to deem the decision as so close that he opted to use a randomization technique to help break the stalemate. He picked up a stack of chips and said “I leave it up to the gods.” Whatever method he used to make the randomized decision, the chips indicated a fold. Koon laid down his hand. Adams took down the pot with air and flew up the leaderboard as a result.


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