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Poker Hand Matchup: Joachim Haraldstad vs. Francisco Benitez

Swords 9 5 3 5 7

Joachim Haraldstad

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

Starting Stack: 8,245,765

8 8

59.94 %

4.24 %

2.27 %

Francisco Benitez

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

Starting Stack: 12,798,766

9 8

37.95 %

94.14 %

97.73 %


Posted On: Aug 31, 2021


Preflop, with eight players remaining and blinds of 100,000-200,000 and an ante of 25,000, Joachim Haraldstad raised to 400,000 from the hijack. Francisco Benitez three-bet to 1,300,000 from the cutoff, and Haraldstad called. On the flop Haraldstad checked, and Benitez bet 775,000. Haraldstad called. On the turn Haraldstad checked, and Benitez checked behind. On the river Haraldstad bet 1,162,500, and Benitez called.


Francisco Benitez overtook the chip lead not long after his pocket tens cracked the pocket jacks of Claas Segebrecht. That advantage freed him up to become the most active and aggressive player at the table. The preflop action in this hand is but one example of Benitez looking to ramp up the pressure on the medium stacks at the table, while Isaac Baron remained on the short stack with around eight big blinds. Benitez three-bet the hijack raise of Joachim Haraldstad with 9-8 suited. Haraldstad called with pocket eights and the nine-high flop gave Benitez a massive lead in the hand. Haraldstad check-called the quarter-pot continuation bet of Benitez and the turn paired the board. Haraldstad checked a second time and Benitez checked back. The 7Heart Suit on the end brought another undercard to the board. Haraldstad, perhaps fearing that he might face a hefty bet size from both Benitez’s bluffs and his stronger value hands, opted to make a blocker bet of 1,162,500 into the pot of 4,650,000. While this quarter-pot bet might preempt a larger bet from Benitez, it does carry the risk of allowing him to raise as a bluff. Benitez took his time to consider the situation, perhaps wondering what hands Haraldstad would lead into him with. In the end, he was being laid an incredible price, with 5,812,000 in the middle and only 1,162,500 to call. Benitez came to the winning decision in this instance, clicking the call button to take down the healthy pot and extend his lead. Haraldstad ultimately finished sixth, earning $276,269 for his impressive showing.

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