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Poker Hand Matchup: Tony Tran vs. Erkut Yilmaz

Swords K 7 2 4 Q

Tony Tran

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

Starting Stack: 810,000

K 3

22.78 %

11.21 %

6.82 %

Erkut Yilmaz

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

Starting Stack: 2,340,000


69.15 %

82.73 %

93.18 %


Posted On: May 13, 2020


Preflop, with six players remaining and blinds of 10,000-20,000 with a big blind ante of 20,000, Tony Tran raised to 60,000 from the small blind. Erkut Yilmaz called from the big blind. On the flop Tran checked. Yilmaz checked. On the turn Tran bet 45,000. Yilmaz called. On the river Tran checked. Yilmaz bet 180,000. Tran folded.


Tony Tran came into the final table of the 2020 World Poker Tour Rolling Thunder main event as the shortest stack with six players remaining. Tran was one of two players at the final table with a WPT title under their belt, having taken down the WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble back in 2018. The other WPT champion at the table was Tran’s opponent in this hand: Erkut Yilmaz, the defending champion of this very event and the winner of the 2018 WPT Borgata Poker Open. In a battle of the blinds, Tran raised the K-3 offsuit from the small blind and Yilmaz made the call with his dominating K-J offsuit. Both players made top pair on the flop. Tran checked and Yilmaz elected to check behind. The turn brought a second diamond on board and Tran elected to make a smallish bet of 45,000 into the pot of 140,000. Yilmaz made the call and the Q™ completed the board. Tran checked to Yilmaz, who now felt comfortable firing out a healthy value bet of 180,000 into the 230,000 pot. Tran underrepresented his top pair by checking on the flop, which could have helped tip this decision toward a call. Instead, he managed to make the big laydown of top pair, preserving roughly a quarter of his stack with the disciplined fold. Tran ended up keeping his stack above 35 big blinds as a result.

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