One of the toughest spots in poker is when you have a marginal hand and face a decision for all of your chips.
It doesn’t matter if you play the micros online or live high rollers, these situations are almost always anxiety-inducing.
Cut to the Triton $250,000 Buy-In High Roller tournament, in which Daniel Dvoress was put all-in by David Peters when the former was holding just Ace-high.
To see how it played out, keep reading for a description and analysis of.
Editor’s Note: This article is by Irish tournament pro and Unibet Poker ambassador David Lappin (). Alongside Irish poker legend Dara O’Kearney, David produces and hosts the GPI global poker award-winning podcast “The Chip Race” sponsored by Unibet Poker. All episodes are available on , , and .
Game: Triton $250K NLH High Roller
Stage: 42 players entered. There are 22 left.
- Dvoress – 34.1bb
- Peters – 40.7bb
Dvoress opens UTG (7-handed) to 2.2bb with A♠️ K♣️. Peters calls with 8♠️ 7♣️ in the Big Blind.
Standard stuff here from both players.
is obviously a strong enough hand to open from every position. Dvoress’ raise size of 2.2bb is good.
Faced with the small open, Peters can call very wide from the Big Blind. His calling range should include some weaklike 87o.
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The Pot: 5.8bb
The Flop: J♠️ 6♣️ 5♠️
The Action: Peters checks. Dvoress bets 2.5bb. Peters raises to 7bb. Dvoress calls.
Out of position in this spot, Peters should be.
Even though he whiffed the flop, Dvoress’ c-bet is standard as he has a significanton this board. There will also be a lot of turns that he can continue to barrel on because he has two , a straight draw, and a backdoor nut flush draw.
It is, however, worth discussing Dvoress’ choice of sizing. He could elect to split his range into two sizes like:
- Big Size (70% pot): More vulnerable clear value bets and high equity bluffs
- Small Size (30% pot): Less vulnerable value bets and low equity bluffs
However, instead of splitting his range, Dvoress elected toand use one size of 43%. He believes that this middling sizing allows him to include some low equity bluffs in that range.
Once the action is back on Peters, he can proceed in a couple of different ways as calling and raising with hisboth have merit. He certainly has enough and to call. But he could also raise, giving himself a chance to win right away whilst also potentially winning a bigger pot on a later street should he make his hand or get a bluff through.
Peters decides to raise to 7bb, which is a good play. He is most likely randomizing his semi-bluff hands at some frequency to go with hisand combinations.
Facing the raise, Dvoress has an interesting spot. He is getting a very good price and his hand beats Peters’ bluffs and has a lot of potential to improve. With that in mind, Dvoress’ decision to call is a good play.
The Pot: 19.8bb
The Turn: (J♠️ 6♣️ 5♠️) 5♦️
The Action: Peters checks. Dvoress checks.
The draws have missed and despite Peters’ decision to, Dvoress still retains the range advantage. That means that Peters must proceed with caution, which he does with a check.
Facing the check, Dvoress gives consideration to what his range would like to do. His, especially those with a spade, would want to check back as they require less protection.
The fact that overpairs mostly want to check back serves to protect other weaker holdings exactly like the hand he has. A♠️ K♣️ also makes for a very good bluff-catcher on a lot of rivers. For these reasons, Dvoress’ decision to check is good.
The Pot: 19.8bb
The Turn: (J♠️ 6♣️ 5♠️ 5♦️) 3♠️
The Action: Peters overbets all-in 25bb. Daniel calls.
The 3♠️ river means the flopped flush draw completes. From Peters’ perspective, Dvoress looks like he has overpairs or AJ/KJs/QJs a lot of the time. With Dvoress’ range potentially, Peters makes a decision and decides to apply maximum pressure by betting all-in. While this size is effective, the Solver prefers to bet 70% of the pot in Peters’ shoes.
Back to Dvoress, who has a tricky decision to make facing anwith his tournament life at stake.
When you beat the bluffs and lose to the value, thenbecome the most important factor, and Dvoress has the best blocker by holding the Ace of Spades. This card removes a lot of the value hands that Peters is representing, which consequently changes the .
Thereveals that it likes to call 65% of the time in Dvoress’ spot. Unsurprisingly, the A♠️ is the crucial factor as, without it, the solver pure folds.
Peters shows the bluff (8♠ 7♣) and Dvoress wins the ~70bb pot.
It was a superb call by Dvoress who courageously stuck to his fundamentals across the streets. It was an aggressive and slightly optimistic line from Peters, but one which would have born fruit had Dvoress deviated, even fractionally, from game theory.
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