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Poker Hand Matchup: Ali Imsirovic vs. Sam Greenwood

Swords T 8 6 J T

Almedin Imsirovic

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

Starting Stack: 1,712,679

7 7

20.05 %

14.95 %

0.0 %

Sam Greenwood

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

Starting Stack: 955,254

A A

79.69 %

84.65 %

100.0 %

Winner!

Posted On: Jun 23, 2020


Outcome

Preflop, at a six-handed table with 11 players remaining and blinds of 20,000-40,000 and an ante of 5,000, Ali Imsirovic raised to 88,000 from under-the-gun. Sam Greenwood three-bet to 200,000 from the hijack. Imsirovic called. On the flop Imsirovic checked. Greenwood bet 72,000. Imsirovic called. On the turn Imsirovic bet 63,400. Greenwood called. On the river Imsirovic moved all-in. Greenwood called for his last 614,854.

Analysis

Ali Imsirovic made his first live tournament score in November of 2015. In less than five years, the Bosnian-born American poker pro has accumulated just shy of $9 million in live tournament earnings, becoming a regular on the high roller scene in the process. In this hand Imsirovic turned a medium pocket pair into a bluff against World Series of Poker bracelet winner Sam Greenwood. Imsirovic had started the day as the chip leader, but had slipped a few spots by this point. With four more eliminations needed before the money bubble burst, he opened for 88,000 with pocket sevens under-the-gun at a six-handed table. Greenwood was the third shortest stack at the time. He picked up pocket aces in the hijack and made a tiny three-bet to 200,000. Imsirovic called and the flop came down 10-8-6, all clubs. With two key straight blockers but no flush draw in his hand, Imsirovic opted to check-call the small bet of 72,000 that Greenwood made into the 490,000 pot. Greenwood had the overpair and the nut flush draw, which he promptly made on the J® turn. Imsirovic went for an interesting lead out, betting just 63,400 into the pot of 634,000. Greenwood just called with his nut flush, likely wanting to keep as many bluffs as possible in Imsirovic’s range. The 10© paired the board on the river and Imsirovic moved all-in, putting Greenwood at risk for his last 614,854. Imsirovic’s line is likely one he would take with a very polarized range, made up of his very strongest hands like full houses, as well as his bluffs. He is less likely to shove the river for value with a lower flush given the action and the runout. Greenwood made the call with his nut flush and earned the double up to overtake the chip lead for the time being. Imsirovic was ultimately knocked out two spots away from the money, while Greenwood went on to finish seventh for $212,500.

 
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