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Poker Hand Matchup: Erkut Yilmaz vs. Kevin Rabichow

Swords 4 2 2 9 6

Erkut Yilmaz

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

Starting Stack: 2,500,000

J 8

46.35 %

23.33 %

13.64 %

Kevin Rabichow

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

Starting Stack: 2,600,000

A 6

53.27 %

75.76 %

86.36 %


Posted On: May 13, 2020


Preflop, with six players remaining and blinds of 10,000-20,000 and a big blind ante of 20,000, Erkut Yilmaz raised to 45,000 from the cutoff. Kevin Rabichow called from the big blind. On the flop Rabichow checked. Yilmaz bet 25,000. Rabichow called. On the turn Rabichow checked. Yilmaz checked. On the river Rabichow checked. Yilmaz bet 145,000. Rabichow called.


This hand features a clash between the two largest stacks at the final table. Erkut Yilmaz picked up J-8 suited in late position and raised. Chip leader Kevin Rabichow defended his big blind with A-6 offsuit. The flop brought a paired board of 4-2-2 rainbow. Rabichow check-called with his ace high, likely assuming that his hand just has too much showdown value versus what should be a near-automatic continuation bet from Yilmaz. The turn brought the 9® to make a backdoor flush draw possible. Rabichow checked and Yilmaz checked behind. The 6® on the river paired Rabichow. Should he value bet, trying to extract chips from A-K highs or perhaps 4-X? Or does his hand work better as a bluff catcher? In this particular instance, Yilmaz had indeed arrived at the river without much in the way of showdown value. As a result, he fired out a bluff of 145,000 into the 170,000 pot when Rabichow ultimately checked to him. Rabichow followed through and made the call to win the pot, increasing his lead while taking a chunk out of the most accomplished opponent at the table in Yilmaz, a two-time WPT champion and WPT Player of the Year award winner from season 17.

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