Alec Torelli’s “Hand of the Day”: Hero Fold with Ace-High Flush?

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Hero Fold with Ace-High Flush
Alec Torelli is a poker professional originally from California, but travels the world full time with his wife, Ambra. Torelli has over $1.5 million in live tournament earnings (including two World Series of Poker final tables and two World Poker Tour final tables) as well as over $500,000 in online tournament earnings. Outside of poker he and his wife manage a million-dollar online business which travels the world with them.

In Torelli’s “Hand of the Day” series he analyzes hands played by him and submitted to him by others. Today he reviews a cash game hand sent in by a reader. The hand features a commonly-faced scenario — a player turns the nut flush, but then faces a tough decision once the board pairs on the river.

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John is playing in a local $5/$10 game in Manila when the following hand goes down between his two friends.

The Hero opens UTG to $50 with {K-Spades}{10-Spades} and gets called by two good players. The flop comes {Q-Spades}{8-Spades}{5-Hearts}. Hero bets $160 (near pot) and gets called by the initial caller.

Hero then makes the nuts on the turn when the {A-Spades} rolls off. He bets $190, gets raised to $425, reraises to $925 and gets called.

The real decision comes on the river when the dreaded {A-Diamonds} comes.

Can we still shove for value? Should we check-call? Check-fold?

Watch what happens in today’s “Hand of the Day,” then afterwards read on for some further analysis of that tricky river decision.

The correct decision on the river is very player-dependent. The key to making our decision is determining whether or not our opponent is capable of raising with two pair or a set on the turn, and then calling a three-bet. Most players aren’t.

Why wouldn’t Villain just raise the flop with {8-}{8-} or {5-}{5-} instead of waiting for the flush to come on the turn (especially with another player left to act)? And why raise {A-}{Q-} on the turn when no worse hands call and there is a risk of getting three-bet? Read Full Article