Hand from EPT Monaco - wielding a big stack

OzExorcist

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Did a couple of these during the Aussie Millions this year and people seemed to like them, so I'll give it another bash :)

This is a hand that happened yesterday. It's late on Day 4 of the 5-day European Poker Tour grand final in Monaco. Only 12 players are left at two tables, and the next one out receives almost $160K prize money.

Blinds are 10,000 / 20,000 with a 2000 ante, and both tables are six-handed.

We'll plonk ourselves in the seat of tournament chip leader Glen Chorny at the feature table, where we've got a healthy 2.6 million chips in front of us.

Antonio Esfandiari, who has about 1.5 million chips and has been amongst the tournament leaders since Day 3, makes a standard raise from under the gun. Action folds to us in late position, where we find ourselves with
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We've been pushing the table about a bit with our big stack, and about 20 minutes ago we pushed Esfandiari out of a decent sized pot after we both called an UTG player's opening raise, he lead at the flop and we dropped a massive raise on him. Joe Hachem is on our immediate left and on a short stack.

So - what's our action?
 
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CfPoker

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reraise it to 180,000.

if hachem goes ott - call, as long as antonio doesn't go ott of that. if antonio calls then call too, hoping to check it down.

if hachem folds and antonio reraises then probably fold it
 
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If we have been the table bully then a reraise by another player does not necessarily mean as much as if we just playing normally. So raise it up, hopefully there will be a raise and a call then we pull the squeeze play but we actually have a hand to do it with and 3 bet possibly pushing them off (hopefully) a massive pot and we have the cards to back up our move in this spot. I hope that makes sense.
 
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Yeah, we must re-raise here to 180-200,000. If Hachem behind shoves and Esfandiari flat calls then we look again at our position as that would suggest a massive hand from Antonio. Still, we shouldn't assume Hachem will shove and we should re-raise.
 
OzExorcist

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OK, so that's three votes for "raise it" so far. Any other thoughts before we take the next step?
 
OzExorcist

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Guess not then :p

Results, for anyone interested: Chorny flat calls and Hachem folds, along with the blinds.

We proceed to flop a set on a QJx flop (x may be an A, doing this from memory), then turn a boat with another jack, value bet down to the river and get Esfandiari to pay us off. On the river he actually says "You've either got a boat or nothing" before mucking his hand.

More than anything else I thought this was an interesting exercise in noting table patterns and managing your own table image: notice Chorny followed exactly the same line as he did when he last 'stole' a pot from Antonio - he flat called an EP raise from position, then bet like he was bullying, probably knowing that Antonio wasn't going to let himself be pushed around again.
 
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Like you said that is a perfect example of expoiting your image at the table.
 
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The call was fine but I like a re-raise PF. I would rather win the pot here than deal with an A or K high flop. It could have even worked out better, Esfandiari is such a degenerate he would call after being pushed around here 90%. With a such a nice flop we may have stacked him if he connected.
 
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