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Poker Hand Matchup: Anthony Gregg vs. Chris Moorman

Outcome

Preflop, with the blinds at 400 and 800 and a 100 ante, Todd Terry raised to 2,000 from late position, Moorman reraised to 4,800 from the button, Gregg reraised to 11,800 from the big blind, Terry folded, Moorman went all-in, and Gregg called.

Analysis

Fresh off the win of his first major at the 2014 WPT LA Poker Classic, Moorman gives us a glimpse into his extremely aggressive preflop play. After trying to pick off a potential steal attempt from Terry with a three-bet, Moorman doubled down undeterred by Gregg’s cold four-bet out of the blinds. Moorman was hoping Gregg was also up to a steal, making a move based on the hostile dynamics between late position openers and the players they try to loot in the blinds. Moorman’s deep stack and the signs of strength from an accomplished opponent might have made the play unnecessarily risky, but these types of preflop antics are part and parcel of Moorman’s success both live and online. Gregg had Moorman in a bad spot, but a lucky flop gave Moorman the open-ended straight draw and Gregg a sweat. Gregg faded the draw, and his new found chips helped carry him to the final table where he finished in 7th for $ 189,244.

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Poker Hand Matchup: Ruben Visser vs. Theo Jorgensen

Outcome

Final table, four handed, with the blinds at 40,000 and 80,000 and a 10,000 ante, Visser raised to 180,000 from the small blind, Jorgensen called in the big blind. On the Flop, Visser bet 215,000, Jorgensen called. On the Turn, Visser bet 385,000, Jorgensen called. On the River, Visser checked, Jorgensen bet 500,000, Visser called.

Analysis

Visser tried to use his chip position to bully his opponent to the left preflop, but Jorgensen proceeded with his suited low cards and the benefit of position. Visser flopped a four flush with his spades and quickly semibluffed, but Jorgensen anticipated a continuation bet and looked Visser up with bottom pair. Visser tried to shake any floats or marginal hands from Jorgensen with a well tiered bet on the turn, but Jorgensen knew that if his hand was good on the flop that it would still be good on the turn due to the repeating Nine. Visser’s flush never came in, but he did make a well disguised top pair on river. Jorgensen’s hand a good deal of showdown value on the board given the action, and there was a plenty of upside to checking behind. Jorgensen’s bet would be hard pressed to get any leading hands from Visser to fold, maybe something like pocket Sevens would be the one of the very few hands Visser could be winning with that he might fold. With promising showdown value Jorgensen curiously turned his hand into a bluff, but he only lost extra chips to Visser whose top pair and very tricky river check earned him a substantial pot. Jorgensen subsequently finished in 4th for GBP 183,000. With a WSOP-E bracelet and a WPT title already secured, Jorgensen narrowly missed poker’s prestigious triple crown with this deep run at EPT London.

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Poker Hand Matchup: Sam Trickett vs. Tobias Reinkemeier

Outcome

Final table, heads-up, with the blinds at 25,000 and 50,000 and a 5,000 ante, Reinkemeier went all-in from the button, Trickett called in the big blind.

Analysis

Players’ stacks were shallow in relation to the blinds at the start of the final table, but after a three hour bubble there was simply no play left in the stacks at all. A procession of quick eliminations followed until Reinkemeier faced high roller specialist Sam Trickett heads-up. Play lasted less than ten minutes as Reinkemeier open shoved his King-high and final 15 big blinds into Trickett, who relied on his Ace with the call. Reinkemeier missed the board but scored AU $ 1,250,000 for his runner up finish, Trickett scored the title and AU $ 2,000,000. Trickett had an enormous breakout in the 2011 Aussie Millions, winning the $ 100,000 challenge and finishing runner up in the $ 250,000 challenge later that week. And of course Trickett scored $ 10,112,001 for his runner up finish in the $ 1,000,000 buy-in Big One for One Drop during the 2012 WSOP. All together, Trickett now sits in 2nd on the all time money leaderboard with $ 19.5 million in winnings. Before Trickett played in his first $ 250,000 buy-in event he said, “I just want to be all-in on the bubble and see what it feels like. That’s what I play poker for.”

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Poker Hand Matchup: Vanessa Selbst vs. Vladimir Troyanovskiy

Outcome

Final table, heads-up, with the blinds at 25,000 and 50,000 and a 5,000 ante, Selbst raised to 100,000 from the button, Troyanovskiy called in the big blind. On the Flop, Troyanovskiy checked, Selbst bet 100,000, Troyanovskiy raised to 250,000, Selbst called. On the Turn, Troyanovskiy checked, Selbst bet 225,000, Troyanovskiy called. On the River, Troyanovskiy bet 500,000, Selbst went all-in, Troyanovskiy folded.

Analysis

Troyanovskiy anticipated a continuation bet from the preflop raiser, so this was a nice check-raise on the flop geared at shutting down the bluff or defining that Selbst might be leading. Troyanovskiy caught two pair on the turn, and it appears as if he was aiming to trap as he only check called here, instead of check raising. With 935,000 in the pot once Selbst bet the turn and with Troyanovskiy’s stack at 1.49M, this may have been a good spot to get all-in against Selbst based on the chip metrics and the fact that she was willing to bet again on the turn after having been check raised on the flop. Troyanovskiy led out on the river for value rather than hope for a bet or a bluff from Selbst, but she surprised him with an all-in. Troyanovskiy made an excellent fold here, electing to preserve a stack of 775,000 rather than call it off with what would appear to be a promising showdown hand. This could not have been an easy fold against an opponent like Selbst. Troyanovskiy was able to rebuild his stack, but he subsequently lost an all-in preflop confrontation and his last 1.7m with Kings against Selbst’s A-Q. Troyanovskiy earned $ 792,180 for his runner up finish, besting his 7th place finish ($ 257,580) in the $ 100,000 super high roller the previous week. Selbst captured the title and $ 1,424,420, moving her past Kathy Liebert to become the top female earner in tournament poker history.

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Poker Hand Matchup: Ravi Raghavan vs. Antonio Esfandiari

Outcome

Final table, six handed, with the blinds at 20,000 and 40,000 and a 5,000 ante, Esfandiari raised to 90,000 from the cutoff, Raghavan called in the big blind. On the Flop, Raghavan checked, Esfandiari bet 130,000, Raghavan called. On the Turn, Raghavan checked, Esfandiari bet 260,000, Raghavan folded.

Analysis

Raghavan flopped a promising hand with second pair and a redraw to the broadway straight, but he had a vulnerable stack and was out of position to Esfandiari who had him badly out chipped. Having made the final table of this tournament for the third year in a row and with the best year in the history of tournament poker locked down, Esfandiari was in his element and quite comfortable. Leading out, check-raising and check-calling were all viable lines from Raghavan, but he chose the most passive with his check call on the flop. Raghavan further abdicated control on the turn with a second check, and Esfandiari kept the lead and bought the pot while drawing dead. Raghavan didn’t want to invest too many chips in a marginal spot, and he had his work cut out for him with Esfandiari, Andrew Lichtenberger, and Shawn Buchanan at the table. Raghavan started the final table as the shortest stack, but he was able to win some key coin flips against Lichtenberger to chip up. Esfandiari was subsequently eliminated in 4th for $ 329,339 when he ran Big Slick into Raghavan’s pocket Aces all-in preflop.

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Poker Hand Matchup: Sergii Baranov vs. Phil Hellmuth

Outcome

Final table, heads-up, with the blinds at 40,000 and 80,000 and a 10,000 ante, Baranov called on the button, Hellmuth raised to 380,000 from the big blind, Baranov went all-in, Hellmuth called.

Analysis

Hellmuth facing Baranov heads-up was the perfect conclusion to this tournament, as both had played phenomenal poker throughout the event and each went out of their way to play back at the other during the final table. Hellmuth was playing for a record 13th bracelet and the top spot in the WSOP player of the year race, while Baranov was playing the role of the spoiler in a breakout tournament for him. Baranov tried to induce a raise from Hellmuth as he limped preflop with an Ace on the button, but Hellmuth woke up with a larger one. Once Hellmuth raised the action, Baranov relied on his Ace to make the all-in shove knowing Hellmuth would fold all but his strongest hands. Hellmuth declared, “I’m going to win this right here,” as he called, and once the board ran out clean Hellmuth captured his record 13th bracelet and €1,022,376. Baranov earned €632,592 for his runner up finish, his largest cash to date. Hellmuth was guaranteed the top spot in the WSOP player of the year race unless Greg Merson could win the WSOP main event back at the Rio later in the month.

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A Hand Matchup from the 2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker Event #61 Main Event

Outcome

With the blinds at 6,000 and 12,000 and a 2,000 ante, Volpe raised to 26,000, Sternheimer reraised to 61,000 from the big blind, Volpe called. On the Flop, Sternheimer bet 71,000, Volpe called. On the Turn, Sternheimer checked, Volpe bet 125,000, Sternheimer called. On the River, Sternheimer checked, Volpe went all-in, Sternheimer called and was all-in.

Analysis

Sternheimer tried to maintain the lead in the hand by betting the flop, but Volpe welcomed the action with his full house. The third spade and overcard on the turn slowed Sternheimer into check-call mode, where Volpe submitted a well sized value bet. This was a good time for him to build a pot against a flush draw that could already be drawing dead. It also set his opponent up to get stacked on the river due to Sternheimer’s remaining chip position after the call. The river put the four-flush on board, with Sternheimer making a low flush. Volpe went all-in, forcing Sternheimer into a decision for his remaining stack of 27 big blinds. Volpe’s use of the all-in mimicked a big stack making a bluff on a threatening board, putting Sternheimer in a confusing spot with a modest bluff catching hand. Sternheimer’s curiosity got the better of him as he was eliminated in 252nd, for $ 38,453. Volpe made a deep run into 20th, for $ 294,601.

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Poker Hand Matchup: Sam Trickett vs. Antonio Esfandiari

Outcome

Final table, heads-up, with the blinds at 400,000 and 800,000 and a 100,000 ante, Esfandiari raised to 1,700,000 from the button, Trickett called. On the Flop, Trickett checked, Esfandiari bet 2,025,000, Trickett raised to 5,400,000, Esfandiari reraised to 10,000,000, Trickett reraised to 15,000,000, Esfandiari went all-in, Trickett called.

Analysis

The narrow board got Trickett into trouble in this hand, but so did his inability to find the brakes after Esfandiari made it 10 million. Trickett’s initial check raise had plenty going for it on the flop, as his opponent was likely inclined to follow his preflop raise with a continuation bet and the pair on board made it less likely that Esfandiari caught a piece of the flop. When Esfandiari made it 10,000,000 Trickett got caught up in meta-game considerations, he may have reasoned his opponent might be inclined to put in a reraise on the narrow board as well, also surmising his opponent had missed. But Trickett’s reraise to 15,000,000 would do as much to stall a bluff as a simple call would have, and he could have carried 32 big blinds into the turn instead of pot committing himself to the hand as a 3:1 dog on the flop. Depending on Esfandiari’s action on the turn, he could have seen the river for less or gotten away from his hand had Esfandiari bet big. Esfandiari did quite well to continue to reraise his opponent, charging him the maximum to pursue his flush draw as his opponent relied on the paired board and semibluffs in hopes Esfandiari had missed and was just using his stack and board texture to make a play. Antonio held off the diamonds and won $ 18,346,673, the largest prize in the history of tournament poker which catapulted him to the top of the all time money list. Trickett earned an incredible $ 10,112,001 for his runner up finish which should serve as nice consolation.

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Poker Hand Matchup: Guy Laliberte vs. Antonio Esfandiari

Outcome

Final table, eight handed, with the blinds at 200,000 and 400,000 and a 50,000 ante, Laliberte raised to 950,000 from early position, Esfandiari reraised to 2,300,000 from the cutoff seat, Laliberte called. On the Flop, Laliberte checked, Esfandiari bet 2,125,000, Laliberte went all-in, Esfandiari folded.

Analysis

Esfandiari tried a position play on Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte, but the philanthropist/space tourist absorbed the three bet with his suited cards and proceeded to the flop. Laliberte checked his open ended straight draw to Esfandiari, who bet less than half the pot with his middle pair. No stranger to high stakes poker, Laliberte sprung an aggressive check-raise semibluff with his draw, foiling “The Magician’s” position play. If Esfandiari had been raising with a big Ace, he would have missed the board and have to fold. If he had a calling hand such as a big overpair, Laliberte was still live to his straight draw. Esfandiari knew he would muck, but that didn’t stop him from putting Laliberte on the rack for a few minutes as he tank-folded. Laliberte organized the event for his charity One Drop, whose goal is to make safe drinking water accessible to those suffering from poverty. The event raised $ 5.3 million for the charity, and additionally gave poker it’s biggest tournament in history. A former street performer, Laliberte went on to finish in 5th for $ 1,834,666 when he lost a race with QQ to Esfandiari’s AK.

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Poker Hand Matchup: Andrew Chen vs. Davidi Kitai

Outcome

Final table, heads-up, with the blinds at 80,000 and 160,000 and a 20,000 ante, Kitai raised to 350,000 from the button, Chen reraised to 900,000, Kitai called. On the Flop, Chen bet 615,000, Kitai called. On the Turn, Chen bet 1,480,000, Kitai called. On the River, Chen went all-in, Kitai called and was all-in.

Analysis

Chen attempted to use his chip lead to hammer Kitai into submission in this spectacular hand. Something about Chen’s bet sizing or demeanor might have led Kitai to suspect his opponent was bluffing but unfortunately for Kitai, Chen was bluffing with the best hand – until the river. We don’t know if Kitai would have been prepared to make the call without the paired Five on the river, but he apparently suspected his King high could have been leading on the turn. Kitai deliberated for some time on the river, and between putting Chen on the rack and investigating the polarizing character of the shove Kitai suddenly emerged with the amazing call. Kitai took the chip lead on the hand, and subsequently won the tournament when his K-7 bested Chen’s A-Q. Chen played incredibly well and earned €613,000 for his runner up finish in accordance with a deal he struck with Kitai. Kitai earned €712,000 and became the first Belgain to win an EPT major. He also won a WSOP bracelet in 2008, and a WPT Celebrity Invitational event. With the EPT, WSOP, and WPT titles under his belt, he joins Gavin Griffin, Roland de Wolfe, Jake Cody and Elky as the fifth player to with poker’s “Triple Crown.”

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