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Hand Reviews

Want to Bluff Phil Ivey? Forget it...

In a memorable hand played on the show High Stakes Poker (S06E05), Jason Mercier tried to bluff Phil Ivey and failed. This hand is analysed in an interview by Mercier himself.

Although already under production, not much has yet surfaced about GSN’s High Stakes Poker Season 7. Nevertheless, Season 6 still offers a number of topics to think about; Craig Tapscott, for example, interviewed WSOP and EPT (2x) champion Jason Mercier on his memorable hand with Phil Ivey in Ep5, when he lost a pot of $425,200 to him.

Watch the hand:

Read the interview by CardPlayer.com here.

Play a Hand with Me - AQ in a 3bet Pot

$0.50/$1  No Limit Holdem

UTG  (Hero) $100
CO  $100
BTN  $325
SB  $126
BB  $100

Pre-Flop: ($1.50, 5 players) Hero is UTG with
Ad Qc
Hero raises to $3, 1 fold, BTN raises to $10.50, 2 folds, Hero calls $7.50

Flop: ($22.50, 2 players)
4h Td Qs
Hero checks, BTN bets $16, Hero calls $16

Turn: ($54.50, 2 players)
9h
Hero checks, BTN checks

River: ($54.50, 2 players)
Kh
Hero checks, BTN bets $297.15, Hero?

This is a hand was played by one of my proteges. I will be commenting on the play of the hand.

Play a Hand with Me - Thin Value Bets with 77

$0.50/$1  No Limit Holdem
5 Players

UTG  (Hero) $104
CO  $25
BTN  $102
SB  $185
BB $100

Pre-Flop:
($1.50, 5 players) Hero is UTG with
7h 7s
Hero raises to $3, 1 fold, BTN calls $3, 2 folds

Flop: ($7.50, 2 players)
:4c 6c 4s
Hero bets $6, BTN calls $6

Turn: ($19.50, 2 players)
2s
Hero bets $14, BTN calls $14

River: ($47.50, 2 players)
8c
Hero?

This hand was played by one of my friends. Let’s see how the hand was played out by him until the river. Preflop it is a clear bet. The flop and turn bets are for protection and also for thin value. But how do you feel about this river card?

Play a Hand with Me – C/C or Value Bet on a Scary River?

$0.50/$1  No Limit Holdem

UTG  $97
CO  (Hero) $101
BTN  $130
SB  Wavefuncti0n $95
BB  debe90 $100

Pre-Flop: ($1.50, 5 players) Hero is CO with
Kc Qs
1 fold, Hero raises to $3, BTN calls $3, 2 folds

Flop: ($7.50, 2 players)
3h Qc Td
Hero bets $6, BTN calls $6

Turn: ($19.50, 2 players)
5d
Hero bets $14, BTN calls $14

River: ($47.50, 2 players)
Th
Hero ?

In my opinion the play until the river is really standard. You open with a preflop raise and have to value bet the turn and the river. Bet sizing should be 2/3-3/4 pot on both streets. The hand is really easy to play until the river. But what should you do on this scary river? That is what will make the difference to your outcome.

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