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Poker Hand Matchup: Nahrain Tamero vs. Norman Michalek

Swords 6 5 2 J 2

Nahrain Tamero

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

Starting Stack: 12,146,296

6 4

32.7 %

71.82 %

84.09 %


Norman Michalek

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

Starting Stack: 30,373,704

Q 4

63.42 %

10.4 %

6.82 %

Posted On: Aug 18, 2020


Preflop, with two players remaining and blinds of 250,000-500,000 and an ante of 50,000, Nahrain Tamero raised to 1,000,000 from the button. Norman Michalek called from the big blind. On the flop Michalek bet 850,000. Tamero called. On the turn Michalek bet 1,850,000. Tamero called. On the river Michalek moved all-in. Tamero called all-in for 8,396,296.


Nahrain Tamero had just a handful of recorded live tournament cashes to her name when she made the final table of the 2020 WSOP Online $1,000 no-limit hold’em championship, the closing tournament of the US-facing segment of this year’s online series. Tamero navigated a field of 2,126 total entries in the event to make the final table in third chip position. She earned two knockouts at the final table to grow her stack, but was outchipped by nearly a 3:1 margin by the time she made it down to heads-up play against Norman Michalek. While Tamero had only five prior live tournament cashes, Michalek had 94 under his belt, with more than $450,000 in earnings accrued along the way. Despite both a chip and tournament experience advantage for Michalek, Tamero proved more than up to the challenge. In this hand she opened from the button with 6-4 suited and flopped top pair and a gutshot straight draw. Michalek had defended with Q-4 offsuit and picked up the same straight draw. He bet 850,000 into the pot of 2,100,000 from out of position and Tamero just called in position. The turn brought the J´ and Michalek fired the second barrel of 1,850,000. With second pair and a gutshot, Tamero called to see the river. The 2© paired the board and Michalek moved all-in, putting Tamero to the test for the rest of her stack with a larger than pot-size shove. Tamero’s hand was a pure bluff catcher but, given the betting action, Michalek was fairly likely to have either a monster or nothing. He’d have been more likely to pot control with a hand that had some showdown value. Tamero made the tough call for her tournament life and doubled into the chip lead.

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