Some players have spidey-senses, which tingle when they know they’re beat. Kristen Bicknell hears alarm bells.
Case in point:
It’s Day 2 of the Nottingham Millions. Facing an early position raise from Dara O’Kearney and button call, she decides to invest 2 of her 47 big blinds in a pair of fives. It’s the ideal set-mine situation.
The flop comes and Kristen checks. Dara also checks and the player on the button fires out a bet. Not wishing to spring her trap yet, Kristen calls, as does Dara.
The turn comes the and Kristen leads for 37% of the pot. Dara sticks around once again and the button folds.
The river comes the , pairing the board which now reads . Kristen has a stack to pot ratio of 1.1 : 1. She decides to make it two-thirds of pot, targeting , a stubborn or a trappily played . A moment passes before Dara announces ‘all-in’ for very little more.
Cue those alarm bells going off in Kristen’s head as she reflects on the hand, narrowing Dara’s range across every street and combining that range with his current action. It certainly feels like Kings but could Dara be overplaying a hand like Aces or turning Kx into a bluff? She only needs to be good about 13% of the time.
Watch the latest animated strategy video from ‘The Chip Race’ crew to find out what Kristen did and whether she was right. During this probing breakdown, Dara O’Kearney and Kristen Bicknell reveal their process on every street, a real treat for lovers of high level strategy.
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