Day two of Isildur1’s return to the scene was highlighted by a long session of $100/$200 NLHE against UrnotINdanger2. Unfortunately for the mysterious Swede he ended up losing $138K in that battle and when he lost another $55K in the PLO Cap games, he ended the day down $193K.
In other interesting action, Ziigmund and Patrik Antonius decided to have a Finnish championship of $500/$1000 PLO, so I guess he postponed his break for a while. They played 296 hands in which Antonius left with a $101K win.
Ziigmund turns a full house and gets paid off. $251K pot.
Antonius gets value from his flush. $144K pot
There were not too many big hands that went to showdown in the match between Antonius and Ziigmund, so I am giving you the largest pot that each of them won yesterday. We are not shown the losing hand in either of them, so we are left to speculate what the players held that would make them pay their opponent off. In the first hand, I think it is likely that Antonius had a trey in his hand with the outside chance that he had a flush draw and backed into top two pair on the river or something like that.
The second hand is a bit more difficult to judge since Ziigmund is no stranger to making quite thin calls. I would say that there is a pretty good chance that he has a straight or even a small flush, but just three aces is also a possibility. The only thing we know for sure is that on these hands both players were made regret the decision of calling down their opponent all the way, but if you never do that you will get robbed blind at the poker table.
URnotINdanger2’s AK holds up over Isildur1’s AQs. $56K pot.
Some time ago I asked a friend of mine, who is a heads-up specialist, if he would ever fold AQ suited preflop when he was playing HU with normal stacks, and his reply was that he played AQ as though they were the nuts in these spots. Looking at this hand, you can see why. Against AK, the AQs has 31% equity and when you figure that URnotINdanger2 would shove a lot of other hands in this spot, Isildur1 has no choice but to call here.
In a way, you can also argue that Isildur1 induced the shove by making a very small 4-bet since that makes a subsequent call of a shove that much larger. He was clearly going to play his hand for stacks regardless what happened, and by playing this way, Isildur1 was hoping to tempt his opponent into making a huge bluff with a weak hand, if that is what URnotINdanger2 held. Obviously, it didn’t work out for Isildur1 here, but his play can hardly be blamed for the unfortunate outcome.
Isildur1 gets his chips in with AKs only to be faced with URnotINdanger2’s aces. $49K pot
Isildur1 flops a set against URnotINdanger2’s top pair/top kicker. $49K pot.
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