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Hand Analysis / WSOP Sweat / Quiz

By: Marc Rae @ 14:22 (EDT) / 307 / Comment ( 0 )

Hand Analysis

An increasing component of my learning regime, has been to develop my hand analysis skill.  Hand analysis is an extremely important part of my review schedule, and is now even one of the ‘items’ I’ve integrated into my pre-game routine. 

I’ve been very fortunate to be attached to a 'Group' of dedicated Mid/High stakes MTT players headed up by coach, where we go through spots and discuss strat. on a regular basis.  This has accelerated the development of my hand analysis skill and general thinking about my game, by several levels.. really humbled and fortunate to be in the company of some great players.

As a side bar: I truly underestimated the value of belonging to a group of players.  I think it was because I saw or read so much 'rubbish', that I didn't want to accidently attach myself to to the wrong crowd, and learn or adapt bad habits from mis-informed people.  At least now I don't have to worry about that anymore.

Segway into WSOP

Grayson's schedule, supported by long-time backer Marvin Rettenmeier:

Colossus 565 x 4 
Hyper 1k   (565 P hollywood 500k)
1500 PLH (1100 1m Venetian)
1500 6m
1500 Shootout
Milly Maker 1500x2
1k Turbo  (565 P hollywood 500k)
1500 NLH
1k NLH
1600 1M Venetian
1500 Monster Stack

Segway to the Sweat

The ‘Group’ was offered a quiz of 5 questions.  Simply, the highest score wins a 1% sweat in Gray's Colossus or Millionaire Maker event.  There was a tie between 2 of us it was decided to split the 1ball sweats.  I'm one of them.. so I have a 0.5% sweat in both the Colosus and Milly Maker!!    Either way, time for Gray to take a bracelet home!

So in the spirit of PSO learning (again), I thought I’d present the quiz here.. so have a go at answering 1 or all of the questions.. and see how you go about breaking them down.

You can post your answers in comments, or even create a thread in the Hand Analysis forum for further discussion.  I won't be posting up answers, as my intention is to just generate discussion for those who are interested.

Segway to the Quiz

Question #1

Blinds 500/1k

Hero- 25,400

Villain- 55,000

Hero- pocket 33's

Folds around to SB, hero...?

Rank your options in order (1st being best,5th being worst)

A) Shove

B) Raise/fold

C) Limp/shove

D) Raise/call

E) Limp/call

Question #2

If we switch the stack sizes of Hero and Villain around, what is the new order of options?

Two of the options are changed most by this shift in stack sizes, which are they?

(choose two)

A) Shove

B) Raise/fold

C) Limp/shove

D) Raise/call

E) Limp/call

Question #3

This was a hand I played last summer in the World Series of Poker $3,000 buy-in 6 handed event.

Blinds- 50/100 (2nd level)

Villain 1 -10k stack (very good European pro)

Villain 2 -13k stack (decent American pro)

Hero - 9,000

Villain 1 opens to 225 in MP

Hero 3b's to 600 on button with AKcc

Villain 2 overcalls from the BB

Villain 1 4b's to 1,700

Hero flats

BB flats

(pot~ 5,200)

Flop- KQ2 (two spades one club)

Both villains check

Hero checks

Turn- Ten of diamonds (KQ2T)

BB checks

V1 bets 2,050

Hero calls

BB folds


River- off suit 3 (flush does not get there)

Villain shoves all-in

Hero- ???????????

Do we call on the river, yes or no?  What do we think Villain's range is?


Question #4

WPT Main Event, hand between Marvin Rettenmeier and Scott Seiver (we are Marvin)

Blinds 1200/2400a

Marvin: 75k

Seiver: 100k+

Seiver UTG raise to 4,800

Marvin flats red Aces UTG+1

Flop- QJTdd (two diamonds) Seiver bets 12k, Marvin just calls.


Turn- offsuit 5

Seiver bets 17k, Marvin again calls.


River- black Jack

Seiver checks to Marvin (QJT5J), Marvin has 45k left.

What is our BEST option?

A) Check

B) shove

C) bet 20k/fold to a shove

D) bet 20k/call a shove


Question #5

2 tables left in the SCOOP H .fr Main Event.

PokerStars Hand #133748768753: Tournament #1160909650, €470+€30 EUR Hold'em No Limit - Level XXIV (20000/40000) - 2015/04/15 8:19:02 WET [2015/04/15 3:19:02 ET]

Table '1160909650 59' 9-max Seat #3 is the button

Seat 1: StuMyGuy (1502662 in chips)

Seat 2: DudewithADD (1460837 in chips)

Seat 3: karakakaa (923579 in chips)

Seat 4: BogdanelX98 (2300039 in chips)

Seat 5: pr0fess0r20 (2871360 in chips)

Seat 6: Upfaaaahrt (3540094 in chips)

Seat 7: fabo2011 (1791232 in chips)

Seat 9: ThLoneRanger (3029406 in chips)

StuMyGuy: posts the ante 5000

DudewithADD: posts the ante 5000

karakakaa: posts the ante 5000

BogdanelX98: posts the ante 5000

pr0fess0r20: posts the ante 5000

Upfaaaahrt: posts the ante 5000

fabo2011: posts the ante 5000

ThLoneRanger: posts the ante 5000

BogdanelX98: posts small blind 20000

pr0fess0r20: posts big blind 40000


Dealt to ThLoneRanger [Ah Qh]

Upfaaaahrt: folds

fabo2011: folds

ThLoneRanger: raises 40400 to 80400

StuMyGuy: folds

DudewithADD: folds

karakakaa: folds

BogdanelX98: folds

pr0fess0r20: raises 141822 to 222222

ThLoneRanger: calls 141822

FLOP  [Ad Qd Kh]

pr0fess0r20: checks

BogdanelX98 is sitting out

ThLoneRanger: checks

TURN  [Ad Qd Kh] [As]

BogdanelX98 has returned

pr0fess0r20: bets 160000

ThLoneRanger: calls 160000

RIVER  [Ad Qd Kh As] [3c]

pr0fess0r20: bets 2484138 and is all-in

ThLoneRanger: ??????????

Do we call on the river, yes or no?  Why?





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