Have you been following our four-part article series that analyzes some of the craziest nosebleed stakes from early 2021?
This is part three, in which we will take a look at some super deep stack play that resulted in an enormous 890 big blind pot!
Let’s dive into the action!
Maybe His Screenname Jinxed It (uwintakeit)
The stakes are $50/$100 with a $20 ante. The effective stack is a whooping 443 big blinds!
The hand starts innocently enough with an open-raise to $220 from DEX88 from the cutoff (let’s keep his hand hidden for now), followed by a cold-call by the button and the small blind.
The button and the small blind fold, and uwintakeit goes for a 5-bet bluff to $10,700. DEX calls.
Note that these analysis sections will only cover uwintakeit’s plays because I don’t want to spoil DEX88’s hand just yet. When I reveal his hand at the end, I’ll also analyze each of his decisions.
Uwintakeit’s line is very divergent from the theoretically optimal one. In the big blind, his hand is probably strong enough to call the original open given the pot odds he’s getting. On top of that, you should not squeeze with many offsuit hands, especially when playing so deep.
When playing this deep, you want to have as much playability as possible and the potential to make the nuts often. You will not win an 890 big blind pot with just one pair or even two-pair very often. AQ-offsuit and KQ-offsuit are probably the only offsuit hands that make sense to squeeze in this spot.
When faced with a 4-bet, uwintakeit takes it even further by 5-betting, which is completely out of line. Yes, he has blockers to pocket aces, but that is too simplistic. There are many better alternatives out there (if you even want to have a 5-betting range out of position 450 big blinds deep).
He’d be much better off bluffing Ace-x hands with straight and flush potential such as A5-suited and A4-suited. Those hands have many more postflop possibilities.
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The flop comes 7♠ 6♥ 2♠. The pot is $21,920.
Uwintakeit (A♣ 8♦) bets $9,600, DEX88 (A♦ A♥) calls.
Once again forcing the action, uwintakeit bets around 45% of the pot with two overcards and three backdoor straight draws. The bet size he uses is indeed correct because he is targeting hands like AK/AQ to force them to fold. A smaller bet size would not achieve this.
The turn comes 9♦, making the board 7♠ 6♥ 2♠ 9♦. The pot is $41,120.
Uwintakeit (A♣ 8♦) shoves all-in for $23,960.
If you add in…
- The fact that the sheer size of the pot might make DEX fold JJ-QQ some of the time,
- DEX may even fold KK sometimes (though I wouldn’t count on it); and
- He is blocking the only hand that we know for sure is always calling (AA)
These factors make it an easy shove for uwintakeit as played (if he can take the enormous variance that comes with such a play).
Alright, ready to see what DEX88 was holding and the results of the hand?
If you put him on the right hand, let me know in the comments below.
What an amazing display of courage on the part of uwintakeit, putting it all on the line in a massive pot with nothing but an open-ended straight draw.
DEX showed patience with the way he played his hand, but was mostly lucky to have the aces when his opponent decided to blast off. Luck is a big factor in poker, but your long-term results will not be predicated on it as everyone gets their fair share of the fickle lady in the long run.
That’s all for this breakdown!
What Do You Think of uwintakeit’s Bluff?
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Til’ next time, good luck, grinders!
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