Well, when two great players get together it's usually the one who runs the best who wins on a given night, and this hand it shows you exactly why.
Phil Ivey: $108,997
Tom "durrrr" Dwan: $130,985
Game: $500/$1,000, No-Limit Hold'em, Ivey Deathmatch, Full Tilt Poker
The hand starts out with Ivey raising from the small blind to $3,000. durrrr three-bets to $9,000 and Ivey calls.
The flop comes 3♥ 5♥ 4♣ and durrrr bets $10,400. Ivey tanks before raising to $39,000 and durrrr ships all-in for $111,585. Ivey calls off his last $60,000 and turns over 6♠ 6♥. durrrr has the K♣ K♥ and will need to dodge any 2, 7 or 6.
The turn comes 2♥, giving durrrr the backdoor flush redraw, but the river bricks 3♠ and Phil Ivey is shipped the $217,993 pot.
Ivey begins the hand with a standard raise from the button/small blind to $3,000 with 6♠ 6♥. A pocket pair is an easy raise in a heads-up game, especially from the button.
Durrrr three-bets with K♣ K♥ to $9,000. Another easy raise. Obviously, being the second-best hand in poker, it should almost always be raised, but many players attempt to limp here, hoping to disguise their hand.
The beauty of durrrr's game is that since he three-bets so frequently, his three-bet will not be given much respect at the best of times. So he has no reason to limp to disguise his hand, as it is already disguised.
With a pocket pair and 100BBs, heads-up and in position against an aggressive opponent, Ivey makes the easy call.
When the flop comes 3♥ 5♥ 4♣ durrrr bets $10,000 with his overpair. An overpair on this flop is a huge favorite versus Ivey's range, and as such he bets for value, looking to extract value from pocket pairs, draws or A-x type hands that flop a weak pair.
Ivey in fact does have a pair - a weak overpair at that - and an open-ender to go along with it. Against durrrr's entire pre-flop three-bet, continuation-bet-the-flop range he does very well, and that being the case, raises to $39,000.
durrrr now ships all-in. With an overpair he is never folding in this spot against a tricky player like Phil Ivey. There are so many combo draws, smaller pocket pairs and even naked draws in his range that it makes this all-in raise automatic.
Ivey now only has to call $60,996 to win $217,993. With his open-ender alone he would be priced in to make this call, but knowing the two players' history Ivey may even believe there is a small chance his sixes are good.
Of course when the cards are turned over he finds out that they aren't. Luckily he has 10 outs to improve against durrrr's kings. When the 2♥ binks on the turn he takes the lead, but now he will be the one who needs to dodge cards.
When the 3♠ bricks the river, Ivey finds he dodged the eight-out redraw, and for his rungoodsauce he receives a $217,993 pot.
Without questioning these two's game selection, you can't really find fault in either of their plays. A pretty standard hand from two of the best in the world, with Ivey coming out $217,993 richer this time around.
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