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Poker Hand Matchup: John Riordan vs. Jason Koon

Swords J T 3 Q

John Riordan

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

Starting Stack: 1,690,000


37.07 %

63.54 %

20.45 %

Jason Koon

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

Starting Stack: 1,150,000


62.47 %

36.46 %

79.55 %


Posted On: Jul 20, 2021


Preflop, with five players remaining and blinds of 10,000-20,000 and a big blind ante of 20,000, Jason Koon raised to 40,000 from the button. John Riordan three-bet to 160,000. Koon called. On the flop Riordan bet 90,000, and Koon called. On the turn Riordan moved all-in, and Koon folded.


This hand sees the two largest stacks at the final table clash in a sizable pot. John Riordan was at the very top of the chip counts with 85 big blinds, with Koon in second place on 58 big blinds. With the shortest stack, Thomas Winters, having less than 20 big blinds, Koon had a tricky stack dynamic to navigate in this pot. He picked up a strong starting hand in A-Q and min-raised from the button. Riordan set the tone for the hand by three-betting to 160,000 with K-10 offsuit. Koon made the call and flopped two overs and the possible backdoor nut flush draw. Riordan flopped middle pair with backdoor flush outs of his own and bet 90,000 into the pot of 350,000. Koon called and the turn was the definition of an action card in the Q©. Koon improved to top pair with a nut flush redraw. From his perspective, he could make a royal flush, but the key K© was in Riordan’s hand. Riordan had picked up an open-ended straight flush draw to go along with his pair of tens. Koon had 900,000 remaining in his stack, and the pot had ballooned to 530,000. Riordan elected to leverage the chip stack situation and put maximum pressure on Koon by moving all-in. Koon would still be in second place on the leaderboard were he to fold, but if he made the call and lost the hand, he would be eliminated in fifth place and earn $72,000. Koon was clear about his frustration as soon as Riordan moved all in. “Unbelievable. No way man,” said Koon. “If you have king of diamonds with a ten or jack or queen, it’s a massive punt if I fold.” Koon stood up from the table while continuing to mull over his decision. After a few minutes of consideration, he decided to lay down his hand and preserve his stack. Riordan’s aggressive line secured him the sizable pot, while Koon slipped down closer to the middle of the pack.

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