Big Pots Late || Don’t Be Afraid to Make a Big Fold

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Covering live poker tournaments for a living affords me the opportunity to see countless thousands of hands played out, many of which offer interesting and potentially valuable insights into how players — both amateurs and professionals — play the game. In this ongoing series, I’ll highlight hands I’ve seen at the tournaments I’ve covered and see if we can glean anything useful from them.

The Scene
Last week, we looked at a hand that I played a bit part in during the recent $1,675 buy-in World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Hammond Main Event. I managed to escape without too much damage in that one, but this week’s hand turned out a little differently for me.

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At this point, we were deep into the tournament with only about 60 runners remaining out of 1,376. We had reached Level 22 where the blinds were 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante. My table had started out great but was now a pretty even mix of less experienced players and solid grinders, including Krzysztof Stybaniewicz who had been playing super solid all day.

The Action
I opened for 27,000 in middle position with {2-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}, and action folded to Stybaniewicz who defended his big blind. The flop came {8-Hearts}{q-Hearts}{k-Clubs}, and Stybaniewicz checked. I bet 33,000, and he called. The dealer burned and turned the {2-Spades}. Stybaniewicz again checked and called after I bet 71,000.

On the {10-Spades} river, my opponent checked a final time. I bet 128,000. Stybaniewicz thought briefly and then announced he was all in, putting me at risk for my last 200,000 or so.

After a couple of minutes of thought, I called, and Stybaniewicz showed down {a-Hearts}{j-Hearts} for the nut straight.

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We were just back from dinner and I had just under 40 big blinds when the following hand went down. Read more @Pokernews.com