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A Hand Matchup from the 2020 WPT World Online $25,500 No-Limit Hold'em

Swords 9 5 4 J K

Mikita Badziakouski

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

Starting Stack: 12,900,000

A K

58.89 %

21.31 %

13.64 %

Winner!

Jason Koon

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

Starting Stack: 2,800,000

6 5

40.59 %

78.69 %

86.36 %

Posted On: Oct 13, 2020


Outcome

Preflop, with three players remaining and blinds of 50,000-100,000 and an ante of 12,500, Mikita Badziakouski raised to 200,000 from the button. Jason Koon called from the big blind. On the flop Koon checked, and Badziakouski bet 150,000. Koon called. On the turn Koon and Badziakouski both checked. On the river Koon checked. Badziakouski bet 650,000, and Koon called.

Analysis

In this hand, Mikita Badziakouski goes for home run value on the river after hitting top pair, and Jason Koon ends up making a hero call with fourth pair. The clash began with Badziakouski min-raising the button with A-K with just over 130 big blinds. Koon made the call from the big blind with 6-5 suited as the short stack with 28 big blinds. Koon picked up middle pair with some backdoor straight and flush possibilities and checked to Badziakouski, who made a continuation bet of 150,000 into the pot of 488,000. Koon called and the turn brought the J©, an overcard and the end of any backdoor draws for Koon. He checked a second time and Badziakouski decided to slow down by checking back with his A-K high. The K© completed the board, giving Badziakouski top pair, top kicker. Koon checked a third time after yet another overcard had hit. Badziakouski made a chunky bet of 650,000 into the pot of 787,500. Koon went into the tank for a bit with what was now fourth pair. WSOP bracelet winner and WPT main event champion James Dempsey was doing commentary on the final-table action for this online event, and he noted that it was an interesting spot for Koon given that Badziakouski had checked the turn. “The K-Q, K-10, they’re going to barrel [the turn], Q-10 is going to barrel. Of course, there are hands like K-7, K-8, but it’s harder to give Makita a king on this board than it may seem.” Badziakouski might be inclined to just show down a 9-X or J-X holding now that the king had appeared on the end, which might have led Koon to believe that Badziakouski either had a very strong hand or a bluff. Koon made the call and fell to below 20 big blinds. The two players ultimately made it down to heads-up play together, where they struck a deal that saw Koon earn $810,869 as the runner-up while Badziakouski locked up $1,062,730 and the title.

 
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