Poker Player’s Analysis of Key Hands – How He Played Them

We are heads up in a tournament. I have survived two bust-outs on my stack, at one point being down to only two big blinds. My rally back to being chip leader has been one of epic proportions, as I now hold over 175,000 in chips. My opponent has a little over 90,000, so I’m feeling pretty good about my chances considering that a few hands ago I had only 12,000. The first place prize is 72 dollars, and since this was also a knockout tournament, I’ve basically made back my buy-in fee and more in busting players.

My opponent, Petersan89, is a very competent player, and commands respect for his plays. However, he tightens under pressure, and well-placed bets on this bubble have yielded big lay downs from him. You should also check out situs judi online terpercaya 2019 to learn more about the game of poker. You can easily master the game with a little practice and play online and win a lot of money for yourself.

The cards are dealt and I get [4s As], and Petersan89 is first to act. He comes out with a raise to 15,000, three times the big blind. He’s been on a blind-stealing binge for the past few hands, but when bet at the flop, folds away. Knowing him for a tight player, I put him on not too much of a premium, but more of a high draw, maybe KQ suited, or even a mid-pocket pair. I don’t want to let him have the hand that easily, so I’m caught between calling or raising. Calling will let the flop come, but at a chance that he’ll catch his hand big. Raising might lay him down, but he might re-raise, suggesting a bigger hand than I thought he might have, and force me to throw away.

With a better hand, I might raise, and hope to force him to commit more chips. But my hand is nothing to shake a stick at. I do posses an Ace, and with only 10,000 to call, I feel that I can call this hand. I press the button, and my virtual chips are sucked away to the virtual pot.

The flop comes [2h 9s 3d]. Not a good flop for him I’m sure, but a promising one for me. I’ve picked up a straight draw, a backdoor flush draw, and possible a top pair draw. If he indeed had a middle pair or premium pair, he more than likely missed it. I decide to throw him a curve or pressure, and move all-in. Yes, I don’t have a hand as of yet, but my odds are not terrible, and I am confident that his hand is worse. If I am right about my pre-flop read, his draw is on my draw, for at least a backdoor flush, which I have. I highly doubt he holds a straight draw, as that would have been too low a hand for him to raise with.

My all-in is met with consideration, and then he calls. He flips over [7d 7h]. My stomach is turned a bit. Well, I was right in my read about middle pair, but he’s slightly ahead of me, and if a 7 drops, I’m on life support, again.

The turn comes [3s], and my heart starts racing. I now have LOTS of outs. Any 5 will make my straight, any Ace will make my two pair higher than Petersan89’s, and any spade will give me the flush. The odds work out around a 30% chance I’ll make my hand, and I’m biting my nails hoping for that one card, and just one card….

The river is a magical [8s] and I start punching the air. My flush takes down the pot, and first place of the tournament. It was 2½ hours WELL spent.