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Poker Hand Matchup: Kevin Rabichow vs. Tony Tran

Swords T 9 3 5 Q

Kevin Rabichow

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

Starting Stack: 3,200,000

T 7

36.02 %

62.22 %

77.27 %

Tony Tran

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

Starting Stack: 775,000

J 8

62.74 %

37.78 %

22.73 %

Winner!

Posted On: May 13, 2020


Outcome

Preflop, with six players remaining and blinds of 15,000-25,000 with a big blind ante of 25,000, Kevin Rabichow raised to 55,000 from the button. Tony Tran called from the big blind. On the flop Tran checked. Rabichow bet 45,000. Tran called. On the turn Tran checked. Rabichow checked. On the river Tran bet 225,000. Rabichow called.

Analysis

In this hand, Tony Tran won a sizable pot with a rivered straight. The clash started with chip leader Kevin Rabichow raising with the lowly 10-7 offsuit from the button. While his hand certainly leaves something to be desired, his dominant position at the table and on the leaderboard were surely compelling factors in his decision to raise. Rabichow had the benefit of knowing that all of the other players outside of the blinds had already passed on their hands, leaving only himself and the two shortest stacks at the table in Jake Schwartz (23.4 big blinds) and Tony Tran (31 big blinds). While neither of the blinds was in total desperation mode, both should have been very wary of tangling with the chip leader who had them covered multiple times over. With that in mind, Rabichow can expect tighter defending ranges from them and therefore more folds preflop, and likely more cautious play post-flop. Schwartz did get out of the way but Tran defended the big blind and flopped an open-ended straight draw. He did indeed play it carefully, electing to just check-call the flop with his draw. Rabichow flopped top pair and continuation bet, but decided to check behind on the turn after his flop bet was called. Tran made his straight on the river and led out for a healthy bet of 225,000 into the pot of 240,000. The large sizing didn’t deter Rabichow, who likely figured that Tran could utilize a similar bet when bluffing. Rabichow made the call with second pair only to be shown Tran’s straight. Tran surpassed 1.1 million in chips after the hand while eating into Rabichow’s lead on the field.

 
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