VIDEO: Hand Review from PartyPoker Big Game

VIDEO: Hand Review from PartyPoker Big Game

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Below is a hand I played in the PartyPoker High Stakes Cash Game in Vienna from last year against a very solid opponent Ignad Liviu.

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In the second video, I explain my thought process and analysis. Agree or disagree? What would you have done? Let me know your thoughts in a comment!


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  • Steve January 31, 2014 2:58 pm

    the way the hand played out I didn't think he could call unless you guys had a history. He was beat by everything.. better J, set, flush, two pair.. it was a good sport for a steal.

    • Alec Torelli February 3, 2014 8:59 am

      Thanks Steve, I agree. Wish he thought the same!!

  • Vincent February 1, 2014 2:35 am

    I think with the given images, yours tight and his losing, raising turn is much better and then following up with a river bet on any safe card. You could represent any spade, any diamond, obviously you could have a better jack, a set of 3's or 5's are definitely in your range, even JT, not to mention that you might hit your hand and river a 9 or A. That is clearly more than half the deck. Plus against a player with a losing image your have a lot more fold equity here with him knowing that a river bet may be coming. He is more apt to fold the turn than the river when it looks like you missed and he knows he is closing the action with the hand being complete. As played I would overbet the river instead of a small bet. He has capped his range when he checks the river on the Ts. Yes, he might not like the spade but the ten, pairing the board, is much better than an over. As played, overbet…..if not raise the turn and follow through on the river. Please let me know what you think. 🙂

    • Alec Torelli February 3, 2014 8:59 am

      Hey Vincent,

      I appreciate the feedback. I thought about raising the turn, however I was afraid he would push with draws and possibly overpairs, which would cause me to fold out all my equity. I'm still not sure where I'm at in the hand and what cards are good for me on the river. If he calls and a flush card comes, I'm not as confident bluffing it. Did he flat me with spades? Diamonds? A set?

      As played, when he checks the river, I'm much more confident that a) his range is weak and b) I can safely rep a big hand.
      I'm not sure I agree his range is capped. I think he can check flushes and he should be checking 100% of his full houses, planning to check raise (since I always bet a flush and never raise with it).

      I like overbetting, although I think by betting I'm only getting him to fold overpairs and jacks, which should be able to be accomplished with 2/3 pot, since he literally only beats a double float. But since he's tilting, and people call too much, overbetting has a lot of merit.

      Glad to have you as a reader. Appreciate comments anytime.

  • Lee August 24, 2014 3:59 pm

    I think it really depends on what he puts you on….flush draw, set or better J….or maybe he just knows your more than capable of floating….I honestly think his plan was to always check call the river on most cards unless it's an over to the J knowing he's bluff catching…..he could just be making a frustrating call because he's been losing….it would have been good if you could have got his thoughts on the hand…that would have been really interesting.

    • Alec Torelli August 25, 2014 2:37 am

      Hey Lee,

      Good insight. It would have been cool to catch his thought process as well. I'll consider that in future hand review videos, although others aren't always keen on sharing that stuff so it can be tricky!

      Thanks for writing. Appreciate the feedback.

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