ESPN changed it up this year, adding a second episode for each Day 2, so rather than one episode of each Day 2 you now get two. More coverage means more interesting hands.
In this hand, 2004 World Champ Greg Raymer mixes it up with lacrosse-team owner Jamie Dawick.
The Set Up:
With the blinds $300/$600, Dawick raises it up in middle position to $2,000 and it's folded around to Greg Raymer in the small blind, who makes the call.
The flop drops down 5♠ 6♠ 4♥ and both players check.
The turn comes T♥ and Dawick bets $5,100 into $5,275. Raymer calls.
The river comes 7♦ and Raymer leads for $12,000. Dawick tanks and calls.
Raymer turns over A♥ 8♥ for the rivered straight which is good for a $39,475 pot. Dawick mucks A♦ T♣.
Dawick raises it up to $2,000 with A♦ T♣ and the blinds $300/$600. Not a great hand in a full-ring game, but not terrible either. And from middle position, raising it first in is fairly standard.
Play is folded to Raymer, who elects to make the call in the small blind with A♥ 8♥.
Not a hand you want to play out of position habitually, but Raymer thinks if he makes a flush he can win his opponent's 100bb-ish stack. He also knows he can get away from a marginal hand post-flop against his amateur opponent.
When the flop comes 5♠ 6♠ 4♥, Raymer checks his gutshot and Dawick checks behind.
Dawick's check is good in this spot because he's rarely going to get credit for a hand on this board and Raymer's small blind calling range is predominantly pocket pairs - none of which would fold on this board.
The turn comes T♥ and Raymer once again checks. Dawick now fires $5,100 with his top pair, top kicker.
Should Raymer have had one of those pocket pairs, Dawick would now have the best hand. He fires to get value from those pairs and any one of the number of flush and straight draws.
Raymer thinks for a moment before calling. He's getting 2:1 and he has 12 outs minimum. He thinks if he makes his back-door flush it will be disguised and he may get paid off with a big bet.
The river comes 7♦ and it does hit Raymer, but it's in the form of a straight.
With four straight cards on the board Raymer knows that if he checks it's very likely Dawick will check through. So he elects to donk-lead for $12,000 -a good solid value bet.
Dawick ends up making the call, perhaps putting Raymer on one of the two missed flush draws. And in a way, he's correct. It's just unfortunate Raymer also had a straight to go along with it.
Not a bad hand played by both, though Dawick could probably find a fold on that river.
GG to Greg Raymer and GG to ESPN for upping the Main Event coverage.
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