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Poker Hand Matchup: Viacheslav Buldygin vs. Timothy Adams

Swords A Q T 5 6

Viacheslav Buldygin

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

Starting Stack: 77,762,536

K 2

54.02 %

44.85 %

65.91 %

Winner!

Timothy Adams

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

Starting Stack: 58,200,580

9 7

45.28 %

53.94 %

34.09 %

Posted On: Dec 09, 2020


Outcome

Preflop, with six players remaining and blinds of 350,000-700,000 and an ante of 87,500, Viacheslav Buldygin raised to 1,400,000 from under the gun. Timothy Adams called from the big blind. On the flop Adams checked, and Buldygin bet 1,837,500. Adams called. On the turn Adams checked, and Buldygin checked. On the river Adams bet 4,251,000, and Buldygin folded.

Analysis

The final table of the 2020 European Poker Tour Online $5,200 no-limit hold’em main event featured a number of players with prior success on tournament poker’s biggest stages. This hand features a clash between World Series of Poker bracelet winner and Super High Roller Bowl Russia champion Timothy Adams and Viacheslav Buldygin, an accomplished Russian player who finished second in the €100,000 buy-in super high roller at the 2017 PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo for more than $1.4 million. Buldygin began the hand as the chip leader and opened the action with a min-raise with K-2 suited. Only Adams called, defending a suited one-gapper from the big blind. Adams flopped a nine-high flush draw and checked. Buldygin made a continuation bet of around half of the size of the pot and Adams just called. One reason Adams might have decided against check-raising in this spot is that the flop should often connect with the under-the-gun raising range of his opponent. Another might be that Adams began the hand in third chip position among the final six, with over 80 big blinds, while Enio Bozzano sat as the clear short stack with just under 30 big blinds. Given that stack dynamic, playing a big pot from out of position against the chip leader is far from ideal. The turn put a second possible flush draw on the board and Adams checked again. Buldygin checked behind and the 6© completed the board. Adams had taken a cautious approach in the early goings of the hand, but in the end he’d arrived at the river with just nine high, which was extremely unlikely to win at showdown. Buldygin had also checked back the turn despite a perceived range advantage and a draw-heavy board. Adams fired out a healthy bet of 4,251,000 into the pot of 7,350,000 and drew a quick fold from his opponent. He chipped up to second place on the leaderboard, narrowing the gap between himself and Buldygin.

 
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