James Hartigan: This hand comes from European
Poker Tour Berlin in 2011. After nearly 4 days of play, the talkative Ben Wilinofsky
is in a commanding position as chip leader, then this infamous clash with Joep van den
Bijgaart plays out. James: So Geoffrey Hakim is going to open
with a raise from the cut off to 65,000 with queen-jack suited. Wilinofsky has got aces
again! William Reynolds: Well he’s on the button.
No one believes the button 3 bet but he is going to slow play and just call. James: And Andrulis has mucked the small
blind, ace-9 suited for Joep van den Bijgaart in the big blind. Any chance he squeezes? William: With the suited ace and the odds
he’s getting in the pot, he’s probably going to call but it wouldn’t be a bad spot with
Ben just calling on the button. [Player Talk]
James: Maybe alarm bells are ringing but Ben didn’t 3 bet. He didn’t know he had a
call button. William: Maybe he just wanted to see a
flop. James: And what a flop! Ace-9-deuce with
2 clubs, top set for Wilinofsky, top 2 pair for Van Den Bijgaart and the flush draw for
Geoffrey Hakim. He had the pre flop betting lead, it’s been checked to him.
William: Disastrous flop for everybody but Wilinofksy – a Hollywood poker writer
couldn’t have scripted this cooler any better. James: 93,000. William: Considering he has the board completely
crushed, I like a flat call. It conceals the strength of his hand and it allows for opponents
to make mistakes. [Player Talk]
James: He is going to raise, he sticks a 100,000 on top. So what does Joep do with
top two? William: Pristine opportunity to re-raise.
He is out of position, he can’t just flat call. He has to raise the price of admission. Show is about to get expensive. James: So he 3 bets to 530,000. He stuck
in about a third of his stack. William: Now Hakim can’t call it all off
with the flush draw. [Player Talk].
James: When Wilinofksy gets a count, he may well think that Joep van den Bijgaart
has committed himself to this pot. William: And for that reason he may stick
him all in to risk no clubs. [Player Talk]
James: He has shoved on Van Den Bijgaart William: He looks disgusted. I’d be happy.
James: Having committed a third of his chips, he’s not meant to pass a hand this
strong. William: He has top 2 on a board where
it’s very difficult for any hand to have him beat. I would already be eliminated from the
tournament by now. James: I’m in the same boat. When the chips
were going to cross the line, the cards would have gone on their back and I would have said
NH GG. [Player Talk].
James: How do you put Wilinofksy on a set here?
William: Joep is clearly thinking Ben does not have a bluff in his range. [Player Talk].
James: He does have aces. William: He’s got aces in his range.
James: Maybe it’s because Wilinofksy just called pre flop that makes him think he does
have aces. [Player Talk]
Interesting read. [Player Talk]
Joep has picked up on the fact that Ben has gone quiet, he’s the chattiest man in poker
and suddenly he’s gone as still as a statue. He’s laid it down! That is an amazing fold. William: Van Den Bijgaart should feel extremely
proud that it’s a spot where the majority of poker players would have gone broke. James: Well if that fold amazed you, vote
now to have your say, then share it with your friends.