Advanced poker strategy of the pros – Peters against Rast

The 2016 Holdem poker Super High Roller Bowl held at the ARIA in Las Vegas brought together 49 players who put $ 300,000 each to try to win the $ 5,000,000 grand prize and one of the most prestigious poker titles . As the action was filmed to be broadcast by NBC Sports, at 888poker we believed that it would be fun not only to identify the best hands, but to offer an analysis of them by professionals.

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In this hand, which took place in the second episode of the 2016 SHRB, David Peters got his rival, Brian Rast, to pay him with a high king. How did he get it? The same Peters tells us.

The situation

At the beginning of the tournament with the blinds at 4,000 / 8,000 (1,000), with six players at the table, Rast, who had 373,000 goes up to 18,000 from the button with K ♥ 5 ♦. Peters, with a stack of 317,000, defended the blind with 8 ♥ 4 ♠.

“A very good odds against a wide range, so I decided to defend,” says Peters.

Stealing the blinds is common in poker tournaments, and one of the best times is from the button, when everyone has thrown. This is because the button is the last to act and we all know of the capital importance of the position. However, as everyone is aware that people like to steal from the button, they do not usually give much credit. They can be stealing with any hand, a wide range of opening from the button.

When the flop comes 3 ♠ 3 ♥ 8 ♣, Peters passes with a maximum pair, and Rast, who had won the first Super High Roller Bowl just the year before, also passed.

“On the flop, I’m going to almost always go with those community teams,” Peters tells us. “If I had bet Rast, I would have paid.”

The turn and the river

After they got the 6 ♣ on the turn, Peters bet face 27,000 and Rast called. When the 8 ♠ comes on the river, Peters, with his full, returns to bet 150,000 in a boat of 100,000, leaving 121,000 behind.

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“On the river, I see all the bluffs that my range has, and with so many combos of 5-4, 7-5, 9-7, T-9, color projects, and some bluff on the turn, there’s a lot of bluffing hands I can have, “explains Peters. “So I decide to make a very big bet to get the most value out. Also, that size gives me more fold equity when I have one of those bluffs, so I swing my range. ”

As you can see, Peters was not thinking about the hand he had, but about the possible hands of his rival. Instead of betting little to get paid, Peters puts himself in Rast’s shoes. He realizes that Rast has an ace or a king and that he can put him on a failed project and pay.

With that reasoning, you just had to find the right amount.

Rast thought for a long time before paying with his high king at a table with doubles.

“His call on the river is reasonable,” Peters tells us. “Rey Rey is not much worse than any couple in this situation and he has to think that I can hardly play an ace this way or something but that a tall couple,” says Peters of Rast’s call. “As I have defended preflop, you can assume that I have the full or a failed project that has no showdown value, making your high king good. I’m sure he did not like having a five in his hand because he blocked a part of my lanterns, but it’s a complicated situation with many possible failed lanterns. ”

Unfortunately, this hand had no effect on the tournament because neither of the two players entered prizes. However, Peters’ play is a sample of how the pros play. If there is someone to learn from, it is Peters who won 7,271,415 in 2016 and finished as player of the year 2016 in the Global Poker Index.

We will continue counting interesting hands of SHRB 2016, directly from the pros.

Paul Perkins

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