Call or Fold Versus a Tough Pro

Covering live poker tournaments for a living affords me the opportunity to see countless thousands of hands played out, many of which offer interesting and potentially valuable insights into how players — both amateurs and professionals — play the game. In this ongoing series, I’ll highlight hands I’ve seen at the tournaments I’ve covered and see if we can glean anything useful from them.

The Scene
This week, it’s back to hands both narrated and played by the daring author. We recently went over a variety of hands from the Mid-States Poker Tour stop in Iowa, and a week later, the World Series of Poker Circuit came to my home casino, Horseshoe Council Bluffs. I played a few events, and this hand comes from the $365 reentry, which drew 743 runners.

I was able to make a deep run and found myself with a top-five stack of around 500,000 chips when the final 27 redrew for new seats. Blinds and antes were at 5,000/10,000/1,000 and my new seat unfortunately was to the right of Ryan Tepen, a pro with more $900,000 in cashes.

I picked up a read early on that the player under the gun in the following hand was very inexperienced as he had been limping in frequently and showing down hands like {5-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}. Read More