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Poker Hand Matchup: Joao Vieira vs. Benjamin Rolle

Swords 8 3 3 9 5

Joao Vieira

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

Starting Stack: 2,756,539


63.52 %

3.43 %

15.91 %

Benjamin Rolle

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

Starting Stack: 7,616,256

3 2

35.9 %

96.26 %

84.09 %


Posted On: Nov 23, 2020


Preflop, with six players remaining and blinds of 60,000-120,000 with an ante of 15,000, Joao Vieira raised to 240,000 from under the gun. Benjamin Rolle called from the big blind. On the flop Rolle checked. Vieira checked. On the turn Rolle bet 660,000. Vieira called. On the river Rolle moved all-in for 6,701,256. Vieira called all-in for 1,841,539 total.


Two-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner João Vieira went with his read in this hand, and made a huge call for his tournament life with just ace-queen high. The hand began with the Portuguese poker pro min-raising to 240,000 as the first to act. It folded around to chip leader Benjamin Rolle, who defended his big blind with 3-2 suited. The 8-3-3 rainbow flop gave Rolle trip threes and he checked. Vieira checked behind with his two overcards and backdoor flush possibilities. The 9´ on the turn saw Rolle overbet, firing 660,000 into the pot of 630,000 with his three of a kind. Vieira called with his nut flush draw and the 5® completed the board, missing Vieira’s spade draw. There was now 1,950,000 in the pot, which was just shy of one big blind more than what Vieira had left in his stack. Rolle moved all-in as the first to act, effectively betting 1,841,529 of his remaining 6,701,256. Vieira went deep into the tank while considering making the hero call for the rest of his chips. He likely figured that Rolle’s range was polarized to either very strong hands and bluffs. Vieira ultimately made the call and was shown the bad news. Vieira finished sixth for $127,249, which brought his recorded tournament earnings to more than $4.4 million. Rolle extended his chip lead with the knockout, but ultimately faltered during three-handed play. He cashed for $302,837 as the third-place finisher.

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