Interesting hand from WCOOP ME against Julian Stuer – Poker Hand Analysis

Poker Hand Guess 300x200 Interesting hand from WCOOP ME against Julian Stuer   Poker Hand AnalysisHere is an interesting poker hand analysis from WCOOP that I played against fellow poker pro Julian Stuer. Julian actually contact me on Facebook after the hand asking me what I had in it. I agreed to tell him my hand and thoughts about it provided I get his poker hand analysis on each street. So put both our poker hand analysis together, enjoy:

Here is how the hand plays out given Julian’s hand:

No Limit Holdem Tournament • 9 Players
$5000+$200

Generated by weaktight.com.

UTG+1: 57,113 Me (BB): 23,291

Blinds 300/600 Ante 70

  • Pre-Flop (1,530, 9 players)Hero is BB
  • dK Interesting hand from WCOOP ME against Julian Stuer   Poker Hand Analysis hQ Interesting hand from WCOOP ME against Julian Stuer   Poker Hand Analysis
1 fold, UTG+1 raises to 1,200, 6 folds, Me calls 600

  • Flop (3,330, 2 players)
  • h4 Interesting hand from WCOOP ME against Julian Stuer   Poker Hand Analysis d5 Interesting hand from WCOOP ME against Julian Stuer   Poker Hand Analysis hK Interesting hand from WCOOP ME against Julian Stuer   Poker Hand Analysis
Me checks, UTG+1 bets 1,998, Me calls 1,998

  • Turn (7,326, 2 players)
  • c6 Interesting hand from WCOOP ME against Julian Stuer   Poker Hand Analysis
Me checks, UTG+1 bets 3,450, Me calls 3,450

  • River (14,226, 2 players)
  • c3 Interesting hand from WCOOP ME against Julian Stuer   Poker Hand Analysis
Me checks, UTG+1 goes all-in 50,395, 16643 to Me (16643)?

I will reveal my hand at the end of this article, for now I will be talking more about my range and frequencies.

Michael: So I start out with 93bb UTG+1 at a rather aggressive table. I was playing most hands for pure value, opening fairly tight. I was playing most of my marginal hands based on game flow, dynamic and my recent frequencies. To put this in other words, a hand like ATo or AJo was not an auto open at that point. I was more likely to open 98s than ATo due to stack sizes and post flop playability.
Anyway, I get a hand I decided to open. I minraise.

Julian: UTG+1 opens – he was playing somewhat tight and straightforward so far. I defend KQo pretty close against his UTG range, but I am able to move postflop so it’s close but ok I think.

Michael: I get called by the big blind. I didnt know who he was, all I knew was that he was German and that so far I had to assume he was a decent player. I was not assuming he was a top MTT pro mainly since I havent seen his name nor did I have stats on him. I was guessing he most likely was a cash game player. However I did look him up with the search function and saw he had a lot of deep runs. So I had to assume he was at least decent.

Flop: Kh5d4h

Julian: Checks

Michael: Bet about 60% pot its pretty drawheavy. I would bet this board with probably 100% unless there is some reason not to.  It be also very hard for Julian to have a very strong hand other than a set and I am not sure he would checkraise since I often barrel turns.

Julian: He bets the drawy flop pretty big, which he should do we with 100% of his range here.
I was considering a check/raise and call a shove, since he will barrel me on this flop a lot, since my perceived range is KQ/KJ,65s and maybe 67s if i only call and it bricks off – so i have a pretty hard time calling the river.
Additionally I only call flop+ a blank turn, he will weight my range somewhat more to Kx and have an easy bulffship or can valuetown me.
But i decided to call only, since he will shut down on some scary turns or rivers – the problem here is I don’t know how capable he is to bluff 3 streets here against a hand like KQ , since we have no history.

Turn: 6c (Kh5d4h 6c)

Julian: Checks

Michael: Julian did check call rather quickly. I was expecting him to do so most of the time on the flop. On the turn I would continue barelling here with all top pairs or better and all draws that have 8 outs or more. I would occasionally also barrel hands like AJ and AQ, simply because I have occasionally 6 outs.
I bet a little over 40% pot leaving just a bit over pot on river.
Julian: Turn comes a 6 and he barrels like expected, since know I have to call hands like 67 which I have to fold , so I decide to call and call almost all Rivers (although I get valuetowned very very often).
Additionally he bets less than half pot, which I dont expect him to do with a really strong hand, unless KK – so I can now weight his range somewhat more to draws.

River: 3c (Kh5d4h 6c 3c)

Julian: Checks

Michael: I did notice Julian check calling again rather quick on turn. His hand to me felt like a Kx hand. I dont think he check calls turn with a straight (only real combo is 8h7h) on turn or a set, at least not that often. After all the board is starting to look very scary. I guess he could trap with a set, but didnt consider this very likely. I do think however that he also check calls turn with 77.
So his range to me on river is Kx, and 77 to like 90%. Occasionally he has hands like JJ-AA that he didnt 3 bet pre.
I shoved all in. His only real decision was with Kx hands. There are essentially 3 levels of thinking on this river:
1. I have top pair I call
2. I dont beat anything but a bluff, I fold
3. The river brings in a lot of his range that second barrels thus my opponent should bluff a lot on this river: I call
4. The river brings in a lot of his range that second barrels but his pre flop range doesnt contain that many hands my opponent can second barrel thus he shouldn’t bluff a lot on this river: I fold

I did put him on number 3. and was shoving AK+ for value.

Julian: River 3 completes the one cardstr-8 and he slightly overshoves…

- I thought he is the kind of guy (afaik I have seen him playing) who doesnt Overshove like AA/AK here and will b/f like w 8k ? (Good players should shove of course here)
- He can easy have sth like 67 which would reason the somewhat lower turn cbet
- I don’t beat anything besides complete bluffs anymore… and high busted FD, but I block a lot with my Qh

Pretty easy fold in hindsight.

Michael: Julian tanks for over 2 minutes. I was convinced that he had a Kx hand especially after he folded. I even thought for a while that maybe he even folded a set. But seeing him play afterwards made this really unlikely.

To everybody that is curious what I actually had:

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