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Poker Hand Matchup: Ilya Nikiforov vs. Alex Wice

Swords K 7 5 3 2

Ilya Nikiforov

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

Starting Stack: 1,920,000

K T

64.06 %

65.76 %

81.82 %

Winner!

Alex Wice

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

Starting Stack: 2,300,000

8 6

35.32 %

34.24 %

18.18 %

Posted On: Mar 25, 2024


Outcome

Preflop, with 23 players remaining, a five-handed table, and blinds of 30,000-60,000 with a big blind ante of 60,000, Ilya Nikiforov raised to 120,000 from the cutoff. Alex Wice called from the big blind. On the flop Wice checked, and Nikiforov bet 180,000. Wice called. On the turn both players checked. On the river Wice bet 330,000, and Nikiforov folded.

Analysis

Alex Wice was once a regular in the tournament streets, but has spent more time making moves as an investor in recent years. With his last live cash made over a decade ago, Wice showed up to this Triton stop in South Korea and proved that he was still comfortable mixing it up with the top players in the game. This hand saw him defend his big blind with 8-6 facing a cutoff raise from Ilya Nikiforov. Wice flopped top pair and check-called Nikiforov’s continuation bet. Nikiforov, who hit top pair with a ten kicker on the flop, opted to slow down after the turn brought the 3Spade Suit. He responded to Wice’s second check with a check back, perhaps deciding that his holding was only worthy of going for two streets of value. The river brought the 2Diamond Suit, completing the front-door flush draw. Wice had missed his own draw to a straight but opted to represent the other obvious draw. He fired 330,000 into the pot of 690,000, or roughly 44 percent pot. As the big blind defender, Wice could have plenty of two-pair plus holdings on this suited and connected runout composed of mostly medium and low cards. Nikiforov opted to fold his top pair, middling kicker to preserve his remaining stack of nearly 30 big blinds. Wice went on to finish 18th for $112,000, while Nikiforov took home $126,000 for his 16th-place showing. This was the third-largest score yet for Nikiforov, who now has seven figures in recorded tournament earnings to his name after this deep run.

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