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High Stakes Hand Analysis with Pro Player Melika Razavi P3

High Stakes Hand Analysis with Pro Player Melika Razavi P2

High stakes regular, magician, pageant queen, and CoinPoker ambassador Melika Razavi loves hitting the cash game tables. To give our community some insight into her pot-winning strategies, Melika will walk you through two great hands step-by-step.

The Short Deck Showdown that Never Happens

I’m playing a 25/50 Short Deck 3-way when I pick up J7d on the button. All suited hands on the button are a must open in this game, since flush beats a full house. Flush is basically almost always the nuts.

Small blind folds, and “Skolnlex” in the big blind calls my 3x open raise. The flop is 87Tssc and I check (I only have a bottom pair and a gutshot). I’ve got a little bit of showdown value already, and there’s no reason to build a big pot or to bluff.

With pair and a gutshot, I don’t mind seeing the turn and river to win in a showdown with a pair. However, I’d rather bluff on this flop when I have a gutshot without a pair.

Turn Qs goes check-check for the same reason as before, and when the river gives a 6s, a fourth spade, then I have close to zero showdown value. My pair of sevens will almost never win if I check behind, so I have to bet around half the pot to represent a nine to ace-high flush.

My opponent folded, which he should do with any pair, most two pairs, and even some sets and straights are possible if we break down the hand in a solver.

 

An Incomplete Bluff Lands Melika the Pot

This hand comes up in a heads up 50/100 and I’m playing “4FIAT”.  I open-raise 3bb with QcQh from the button, and “4FIAT” defends his big blind.

The flop is AcJs9s, “4FIAT” checks and I place a continuation bet of 200 into 600 (1/3 of the pot). A 1/3 cbet size is a size that allows us to have very high cbet frequency. I can cbet very light for value and afford to have many cbet bluffs when only betting 33% of the pot.

Because I assume a 3bet preflop to happen 100% of the time with those hands with these stakes in a heads up match, I decide to call.”

“4FIAT” decides to checkraise this flop to 700 even though he most likely would re-raise AA, JJ, 99, AJ and maybe even A9 suited preflop. Because I assume a 3bet preflop to happen 100% of the time with those hands with these stakes in a heads up match, I decide to call.

The turn is 3c, and now there’s a double flush draw. “4FIAT” bets 1200 into 2400 (1/2 of the pot), and I call. Right now there are a lot of spade draws, club draws, open-ended straight draws, and gutshots that “4FIAT” most likely will have in his range here when he bets again.

I don’t think he will have too many single pairs or double pair Aces in his betting range so it’s an easy call.

The river is 8c and it goes check-check. I win against 10-5 spades with 10 high and a missed flush draw. The 8 of clubs is a card that made me expect 4fiat to continue his already questionable bluffing line.

He could represent Q10 and 10-7 for a straight. He could have also represented some check-raised backdoor club draws from the flop that continued on the turn and had a hit.

I really don’t like that “4FIAT” gave up on this river card. If he would’ve bet 2/3 instead, he would have me thinking for very long, even with my Q blocker for Q10.

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