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Poker Hand Matchup: Balakrishna Patur vs. James Carroll

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Balakrishna Patur

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

Starting Stack: 6,775,000


72.03 %

85.15 %

79.55 %


James Carroll

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

Starting Stack: 2,900,000


23.3 %

12.12 %

6.82 %

Posted On: Jun 08, 2021


Preflop, with five players remaining and blinds of 50,000-75,000, and a big blind ante of 75,000, Balakrishna Patur raised to 175,000 from under the gun. James Carroll called from the button. On the flop Patur bet 150,000, and Carroll called. On the turn Patur checked, and Carroll checked. On the river Patur checked, and Carroll bet 475,000. Patur called.


Balakrishna Patur entered the final table of this event with the largest stack, and had been trading control of the top spot on the leaderboard with Matas Cimbolas during five-handed play. Patur picked up A-K and raised as the first to act. James Carroll, who was firmly in the middle of the pack in terms of chips, called from the button with A-J. An eight-high flop with two spades saw Patur fire a continuation bet of 150,000 into the pot of 550,000. Carroll likely figured that his ace-high could be the best hand, and that he might have live overcards as possible outs. He made the call and a deuce on the turn paired the board. Both players checked and the river brought the 10´, completing the flush draw from the flop. Patur checked a second time with the nut no-pair. Carroll had some showdown value with his own ace high, but he also saw an opportunity to try to fold out some better holdings by turning his hand into a bluff. He bet 475,000 into the pot of 850,000, probably with the intention of folding out hands like A-K and A-Q, and perhaps even some of the unimproved lower pocket pairs. From Patur’s perspective, Carroll could be value betting with hands like rivered flushes, rivered top pairs, and any two-pairs or sets that he might have. On the other hand, Carroll could also be bluffing. He likely wouldn’t value bet some of his weaker one-pair type hands, such as top pair from the flop. Most players would probably be inclined to take the free showdown with such holdings. Patur ultimately decided to make the hero call with his A-K high, knowing that Carroll would be bluffing often enough to make the call profitable. He took down the healthy pot to extend his lead even further. Carroll went on to fall just a couple spots short of securing his third WPT title, earning $431,585 as the third-place finisher.

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