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Poker Hand Matchup: Guo Chen vs. Matt Berkey

Swords A 4 3 J 5

Guo Chen

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

Starting Stack: 7,801,084

A A

84.77 %

98.18 %

100.0 %

Winner!

Matt Berkey

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

Starting Stack: 10,658,149

4 3

14.75 %

0.2 %

0.0 %

Posted On: Aug 04, 2020


Outcome

Preflop, with five players remaining and blinds of 140,000-280,000 and an ante of 35,000, Guo Liang Chen raised to 688,994 from the small blind. Matt Berkey called from the big blind. On the flop Chen checked. Berkey bet 1,166,248. Chen called. On the turn Chen checked. Berkey moved all-in for 8,766,902. Chen called for his last 5,909,837.

Analysis

This battle of the blinds turned out disastrous for Matt Berkey, who was sitting in second chip position with five remaining. Guo Liang Chen was the third-largest stack at the table. Chen was dealt pocket aces in the small blind. He raised to 688,994, or just shy of 2.5 big blinds, and Berkey called from the big blind with the 4-3 offsuit. Unfortunately for him, the flop came down A-4-3 rainbow, giving him bottom two pair while Chen hit top set. Having flopped such a big hand, Chen opted to check and allow his opponent to take some stabs at the pot in the many instances where Berkey would have missed this flop entirely. In this particular situation, though, Berkey had flopped a strong hand also and opted to bet his two pair for value, firing a large bet of 1,166,248 into the pot of 1,554,998. Chen just called, likely with the intention of allowing Berkey to continue to bet with the bluffs in his range. The J© on the turn made a backdoor flush draw possible and Chen checked a second time. With 3,887,494 in the pot and 5,909,837 in Chen’s stack, Berkey decided to move all-in as an overbet on the turn, perhaps going for homerun value against Chen’s top pair, good kicker holdings like A-K or A-Q. Instead he ran into top set and was drawing dead with his two pair heading into the river. Berkey was left as the short stack after this hand, and went on to finish fifth for $36,851. This was Berkey’s second WSOP final-table finish in as many days, having placed seventh in the $400 no-limit hold’em eight-max event held the previous night. Chen made it down to heads-up action, but fell just short of winning his first bracelet earning $92,223 as the runner-up finisher.

 
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