"Peter the Great" has been hitting the tables hard lately at PokerStars, playing heads-up $100/$200 and $200/$400 with a murderers' row of PokerStars regulars.
In this version of the snapshot he shows Aaron Jones that not only can he run well on the biggest stage; he can run well online as well.
Peter "Isser" Eastgate - $24,184
Aaron "aejones" Jones - $45,448
Eastgate gets the ball rolling by raising to $400 from the button/small blind. aejones makes the call and they take a flop of T♠ 6♠ 9♦.
aejones leads for $800 into the preflop raiser, Eastgate raises to $2,400 and aejones three-bets to $6,000. Eastgate ships all-in for $21,384 and aejones makes the call.
When the dust settles it's aejones with the nuts - 8♣ 7♥ - and Eastgate with second pair and the second nut-flush draw with K♠ 9♠.
There is no waiting for the World Series of Poker Main Event champ when the 5♠ falls.
The river brings the meaningless 5♦, and the $48,366 pot is shipped to Peter Eastgate.
Peter Eastgate opens the hand with a raise to $400 with the K♠ 9♠ from the button small blind.
A decent suited king is a great hand to open the button in a heads-up game. It has decent top pair potential and is more than capable of making big pot hands like straights and flushes.
aejones makes the call from out of position with the 8♣ 7♥. When Eastgate raises so small aejones is likely going to be calling with a very wide range.
So much of heads-up play is after the flop, so when you can see one for cheap you may as well do it with a wide range. 8♣ 7♥ is more than enough to fit that bill.
When the flop comes T♠ 6♠ 9♠ aejones leads for full pot, $800. He flopped the nuts and he wants to start building the pot right away. He may have a read that his opponent raises donk bets, and he may be looking to bet/three-bet with his hand.
Eastgate, with second pair and the second nut-flush draw, has a monster as well. Against a hand like A♥ A♦ he is flipping, and against a lot of other hands he is a big favorite. Thus he raises to $2,400.
aejones wastes no time putting in a second raise to $6,000. Note that he doesn't slow-play but instead wants to get all the money into the pot as soon as possible.
Eastgate four-bet ships all-in. Let's look past the fact that he is shoving directly into the nuts and look at this play objectively.
If we don't know aejones' hand, this hand is perfectly standard: he has excellent equity versus an overpair, and is actually a favorite to other hands that get it in here.
For example, there's a chance that aejones gets it in here with a with a ton of pair/draw combinations.
aejones snap-calls the last $21,834 with the nuts but unfortunately cannot hold when the 5♠ smashes the turn.
The 5♦ hits the river but the writing was already on the wall; Eastgate wins the $48,366 pot with the king-high flush, and aejones is left with nothing but a second-best straight.
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