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Great Hands #23 - Behind the Poker Face - Week 11, Hand 66 - Negreanu/Galfond/Stiner

Great Hands #23 - Behind the Poker Face - Week 11, Hand 66 - Negreanu/Galfond/Stiner - Thu Sep 08, 2011, 02:14 PM
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Watch the video of this great hand between Daniel Negreanu vs Phil Galfond vs Stiner

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Would you have acted the same way? What would you have done differently? Share your thoughts and feedback via this forum discussion about this hand.


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Sat Sep 17, 2011, 01:37 PM
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I like Phil's play. I know the preflop call looks loose (it is), but playing super deep stacked in position is more valuable than just the intrinisic hand value of a K8, and Daniel is opening a very wide range. I think Phil's explanation of Daniel's range and action is excellent, and like his play on all streets.

I assume Daniel had an ace... I think his play with A-x is good out of position vs. an aggressive tricky pro like Phil. His flop c-bet is fine, he's often not going to have an ace here and would be expected to c-bet his entire range. The only tough spot for Daniel is once he check/calls the turn his hand is face up as Ax or KQ/KJ, allowing Phil to make perfect value betting decisions. He can add some disguise vs. a player he has a lot of history with by turning his Ax into a bluff and check-raising (or playing it however he thinks Phil would expect him to play a strong hand), but that gets awful expensive when it doesn't work and Ax has showdown value and serves as a good bluff catcher, so taking the line he did with it is fine, although it speaks volumes to the power of position how this hand plays out.

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