Poker Hand of the Week: 10/30/14 – CardPlayer.com

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Ask any group of poker players how you played your hand and they’ll come up with dozens of different opinions. That’s just the nature of the game.

Each week, Card Player will select a hand from the high-stakes, big buy-in poker world, break it down and show that there’s more than one way to get the job done.

The Scenario

There are five players remaining in a major international tournament. Each player is guaranteed at least £133,800. The winner takes home £499,700. The stack sizes are as follows.

Player no. 1 — 9,025,000
Player no. 2 — 4,135,000
Hero — 3,590,000
Player no. 4 — 2,075,000
Villain — 1,330,000

You look down at QSpade SuitQClub Suit under the gun and min-raise to 200,000. The action folds around to the villain in the big blind, who makes the call. The two of you have been involved in several hands recently, the last of which saw you double through him on what was essentially a coinflip.

The flop comes down KSpade SuitKClub SuitJHeart Suit and your opponent checks. You bet 230,000 and he moves all in for a total of 1,120,000.

The Questions

Do you call or fold? If calling, what kinds of hands do you expect your opponent to show down that you are beating? Would your opponent be likely to play a king in this way? If you were the villain, how would you play a king? How would you play a jack? Does the villain have enough fold equity to do this with any two cards? If you are the hero, is checking the flop behind a better option to maintain …read more

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