Patrik Antonius finished the weekend with a short but interesting match in the seven game. Antonius dominated the regular stud and stud8 games to end up with a nice little win for the day.
Antonius flops a straight and fades Oppenheims flush draw. $67K pot.
Even though it was the stud games where Antonius made most of his profits, it was a PLO hand that was the largest one of the day. Oppenheim tried to represent a lot of strength by going for the check raise instead of the continuation bet, but when your opponent flops the nuts it is kind of hard to make him fold his hand. Plan B was the flush draw which gave Oppenheim about 35% equity, but on this hand it didn’t come through for him.
Oppenheim sets a trap for Antonius with his aces. $67K pot
There are many ways to skin a cat and on this hand Oppenheim gets cute with his aces and is rewarded with a nice double up. With Antonius holding a good hand on his own, the money would most likely have gone in even if Oppenheim had 4-bet preflop, but by just flat calling he is giving Antonius a chance to stack himself even if he should have a marginal hand.
From Antonius’ point of view the hand is kind of tricky. It is very difficult for him to know where he is at when Oppenheim calls his bet on the flop. Oppenheim would probably raise with top pair in this spot, so Antonius must think he is the favorite at that point. Then, when a blank hits the turn, he must bet again to protect his hand. This time, unfortunately, Antonius’ map did not fit the terrain and when the cards were flipped over he could see that he had been played all along.
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