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Poker Hand Matchup: Kristen Bicknell vs. Belarmino De Souza

Swords T 9 5 7 3

Belarmino De Souza

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

Starting Stack: 15,845,441

K 6

30.91 %

42.12 %

25.0 %

Kristen Bicknell

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

Starting Stack: 6,454,559


68.67 %

57.88 %

75.0 %


Posted On: Aug 18, 2020


Preflop, with two players remaining and blinds of 80,000-160,000 and an ante of 20,000, Belarmino De Souza limped in from the button. Kristen Bicknell raised to 592,000. De Souza called. On the flop Bicknell bet 416,000. De Souza called. On the turn Bicknell checked. De Souza bet 1,382,000. Bicknell called. On the river Bicknell checked. De Souza moved all-in. Bicknell called for 4,064,559.


Kristen Bicknell entered heads-up play in the 2020 World Series of Poker Online $2,500 six-max no-limit hold’em event with her opponent Belarmino De Souza holding roughly a 5:2 chip lead. The 33-year-old Canadian poker pro had already won two bracelets and was just one elimination away from becoming the fourth female player in history to win three, but would have to claw her way back into the match against her Brazilian opponent. In this hand Bicknell picked up a monster in pocket jacks and raised to 592,000 after De Souza had limped in from the button with K-6 suited. De Souza made the call and picked up a flush draw and an overcard on a ten-high flop. Bicknell followed up her preflop raise with a continuation bet of 416,000. De Souza called and the turn brought the 7™, which gave him a gutshot straight draw to go along with his flush and overcard outs. Bicknell checked the turn, perhaps deciding that her hand wasn’t strong enough to bet all three streets for value given how this board texture was fairly likely to have improved De Souza’s limp-calling range from the button. De Souza seized on the opportunity to take over the betting lead and fired 1,382,000. Bicknell called and the river brought the 3™, which completed a possible backdoor heart draw. Bicknell checked with her overpair, having seemed to elect to turn it into a bluff catcher. De Souza missed all of his outs to end up with just king high at the river. He opted to turn his hand into a bluff and moved all-in, looking to apply as much pressure as possible to Bicknell’s one-pair type hands. She went deep into the tank, but ultimately made the call to double up and take the lead. She went on to win the event for $356,412 and her third WSOP bracelet.

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