(Hand history and stats from PL.com MarketPulse Biggest Pots section.)
Players: Di "Urindanger" Dang and present
Game: $300/$600 No-Limit Hold'em, Heads-up, Full Tilt Poker
Stack Sizes: Urindanger $58,500; present $70,498
present raises off the button/small blind to $1,800. Urindanger, in the big blind and out of position, three-bets to $6,600. present smooth-calls the three-bet and they take a flop of K♣ 7♣ 4♦.
Urindanger continuation bets $9,800 and present shoves all-in for $63,898. Urindanger calls off his last $42,100 and flips up K♠ 7♠ for the flopped two pair.
present shows K♥ T♠ and will have to improve. The board bricks out 4♥, 8♣ and the $116,999 pot gets shipped in Urindanger's direction.
present jacks up the button 3xBB with his good two broadway cards. As I always say, practically any two cards are good for a raise on the button in a heads-up game. Two face cards more than meet that qualification.
Urindanger knows that everyone raises the button, and thus he reraises with his suited king. This raise is a re-steal as opposed to a value reraise. Obviously K♠ 7♠ does not play all that well out of position, so ideally he would like to take this down before the flop.
I believe the overly large raise is a metaplay. On the first level it looks like by betting overly large you want your opponent to fold; on the second level it's usually a bluff so you would do it for value; on the third level Urindanger knows that the overbet will be seen as a value play and thus given respect - his opponent is more likely to fold. However, present makes the call.
The flop of K♣ 7♣ 4♦ is a great flop for Urindanger. He flops top two pair and bets $9,800 for value. present, who has flopped top pair with a decent kicker, also has a strong hand heads-up. He takes his time and tanks for a while before electing to shove all-in.
The shove is not terrible, but it's also not stellar. He may have believed that by shoving he could disguise his hand as a draw and thus get paid off by a worse hand, but for the most part he is never going to get a better hand to fold and he will only rarely get a worse hand to call.
Urindanger makes an easy snap-call with top two pair and luckily for him the board bricks out. Urindanger drags the $116,999 and he and his brother trex313 get back-to-back MarketPulse Strategy Snapshot honors!
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